Red Cross celebrates a century of serving Kentucky

March is Red Cross Month. The American Red Cross is celebrating by commemorating 100 years of compassionate service to the residents of Kentucky. From disaster response, health and safety classes, to blood collection and support of military members and their families, the Red Cross has served the needs of the Kentucky region for a century.

To help kick off the celebration, the Red Cross is hosting a Holiday Hero Centennial Celebration blood drive on March 8 from noon to 7 p.m. at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center, in the West Wing, 937 Phillips Lane in Louisville.

“This milestone is a major building block in an organization where dedicated Kentuckians have been at the foundation of its achievement,” said Todd Wagner, director of donor recruitment for the American Red Cross River Valley Blood Services Region. “We’re hoping hundreds of heroes will come out and roll up a sleeve to celebrate a century of service in Kentucky while helping to save lives.”

In addition to honoring a century of service in Kentucky, the annual Holiday Hero blood drive will continue its legacy of honoring St. Patrick’s Day and Red Cross Month. Since 1943, every U.S. president has designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the Red Cross helps people down the street, across the country and around the world. The Holiday Hero Centennial Celebration blood drive is an opportunity to encourage all eligible donors to join in the Red Cross lifesaving mission by giving blood.

As a special token, the first 100 presenting donors will receive a commemorative Red Cross centennial lapel pin. Attendees will also receive free parking by informing the parking attendant they are attending the blood drive in the West Wing.

How to donate blood

Schedule an appointment by calling 1-800-RED CROSS, downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App or visiting and entering sponsor code: HERO. Walk-ins are welcome.

A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit and follow the instructions on the site.

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