Donors needed for blood drive in Shelton on Wednesday

Blood donors are everyday heroes who help save lives, and blood donors are needed for an upcoming blood drive in Shelton.

The American Red Cross is accepting appointments on Wednesday, March 12 from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at R.D. Scinto Towers, 2 Corporate Drive.

March is Red Cross Month, and the American Red Cross partners with nearly 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers throughout the United States.

‘Our heroes’

For more than 70 years, all U.S. presidents have designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the American Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world.

“Our heroes are our volunteers and blood donors generously give their time to help save lives,” said Steve Mavica, communications manager for the Connecticut Blood Services Region.

To make an appointment to give blood and be an everyday hero, visit or call 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767).

How to donate blood

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. 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, 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.

Other upcoming drives:

Other upcoming blood donation drives near Shelton during March are:

March 14, 1:30-6:15 p.m.

St. Agnes Church, 400 Merwin Ave., Milford

March 14, 12:15-5:45 p.m.

American Red Cross New Haven Chapter House, 703 Whitney Ave., New Haven

March 15, 8 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

First Baptist Church, 235 Prindle Ave., Ansonia

March 17, 1- 6:30 p.m.

Cornerstone Christian Center, 349 Wheelers Farms Road, Milford

March 17, 10 a.m.-2:45 p.m.

Porter and Chester Institute, 670 Lordship Blvd., Stratford

March 17, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Stone Academy, 560 Saw Mill Road, West Haven

March 20, 7:30 a.m.- 5:15 p.m.

Bridgeport Hospital, 267 Grant St., Bridgeport

March 21, 1- 6:30 p.m.

Grace United Methodist Church, 1089 Fairfield Woods Road, Fairfield

March 21, 12:15-5:45 p.m.

American Red Cross New Haven Chapter House, 703 Whitney Ave., New Haven

March 22, 8 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Continental Room, 1006 New Haven Road, Naugatuck

March 22, 8 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Reed Intermediate School, 3 Trades Lane, Newtown

March 24, 9 a.m.-6:45 p.m.

Michael J. Adanti Student Center/SCSU, 501 Crescent St., New Haven

March 25, 11:15 a.m.-4 p.m.

Quinnipiac University, 275 Mount Carmel Ave., Hamden

March 26, 1- 5:45 p.m.

Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meeting House Lane, Orange

March 27, 8 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Woodland School, 135 Back Rimmon Road, Beacon Falls

March 27, 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Oxford High School, 61 Quaker Farms Road, Oxford

March 28, 8:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Sportsplex at Fairfield, 85 Mill Plain Road, Fairfield

March 28, 12:15-5:45 p.m.

American Red Cross New Haven Chapter House, 703 Whitney Ave., New Haven

March 31, 1-6 p.m.

Key Hyundai, 566 Bridgeport Ave., Milford

March 31, 11:15 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

Yale School of Medicine, 367 Cedar St., New Haven