KINGSFORD?- American Red Cross heroes come in all shapes and sizes. They don't wear capes or special suits, and their badge of honor is the bandage that shows they gave the "gift of life."
The Red Cross encourages those eligible to become a hometown hero and answer the call of patients in need by donating blood.
Donating blood is one of the simplest things you can do to save a patient's life. For the hour it takes to give blood, there could be a whole community of people thankful for another birthday you have given their loved one.
The next American Red Cross community blood drive opportunity is Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church 395 Hamilton Ave., Kingsford. The drive is sponsored by Town & Country Sales.
The American Red Cross would also like to recognize three blood drive donors from our community and previous drive who have reached gallon markers. Karen Sufka has given 4 gallons of blood; Donald Schroeder, 8 gallons; and Anthony Carobine (not pictured), has given 13 gallons of blood.
"Thank you to the people featured and all the community members who come out and give blood," a spokesperson said.
Simply call 1-800-733-2767 (RED CROSS) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. Walk-ins are welcome as well.
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 (16 with parental consent in some states), 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.