May 8th will be World Red Cross Day, put aside to recognize the humanitarian efforts of the international organization to relieve the suffering of those touched by disasters, either man-made, or natural. Click to hear KMZU’s Mike Stone speak with Red Cross Communications Manager, Dan Fox.

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Next month people around the world will observe World Red Cross Day. Dan Fox, Communications Manager with the American Red Cross says the worldwide group has a single mission.

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Mr. Fox adds all funds and resources come from people like you.

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There are a number of ways you can help, either through donations of money and materials, volunteering time and experience as well as blood donations.

Leading up to World Red Cross Day there will be several blood drives in communities throughout the area. A complete list is posted below.

Press Release from the American Red Cross

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (April 15, 2014) — World Red Cross Day is a time to recognize worldwide efforts to advocate for the relief of human suffering, whether from disease, disaster, war or famine.

The American Red Cross encourages eligible individuals to support these humanitarian efforts by making an appointment to donate lifesaving blood this May. The need is constant, and all blood types are needed, especially O positive, O negative, B negative and A negative.

Each year, World Red Cross Day is celebrated on May 8, the birthday of Henry Dunant, who officially founded the International Red Cross & Red Crescent Movement nearly 100 years ago.

For more than 130 years, the Red Cross has been dedicated to helping people in communities large and small across the U.S. It is the only humanitarian services organization that provides blood services, serves as the emergency communication link between military personnel and their families, offers health and safety training and responds to disasters of all types and sizes.

Join the Red Cross family this month and make an appointment to give blood in honor of World Red Cross Day by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or visiting redcrossblood.org.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Adair County

May 1 from 2 – 6 p.m. at Keller Community Building, 205 S King in Brashear, Mo.

May 6 from 10:30 a.m. to  4:30 p.m. at A T Still University, 800 W Jefferson in Kirksville, Mo.

May 9 from 1 – 6 p.m. at Faith Lutheran School, 1820 S Baltimore in Kirksville, Mo.

May 15 from 1 – 6 p.m. at Adair County R1 High School, 600 Rombauer in Novinger, Mo.

Knox County

May 12 from 11:30 a.m. to  5:30 p.m. at Knox County Community Center, 207 N. 4th St. in Edina, Mo.

Lewis County

May 8 from 1 – 6 p.m. at Immanuel Methodist Church, 601 Washington in Canton, Mo.

May 13 from 3 – 7 p.m. at Queen of Peace Annex Building, 307 N Main in Ewing, Mo.

Linn County

May 2 from 1:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Brookfield Middle School, 124 Pershing Road in Brookfield, Mo.

Macon County

May 5 from 1 – 6 p.m. at First Christian Church, 806 E Briggs in Macon, Mo.

May 8 from 2 – 6 p.m. at Macon Health Care, 29612 Kellogg Ave in Macon, Mo.

Mercer County

May 7 from 2:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Ragan Hickman Post 477, State St. in Mercer, Mo.

Sullivan County

May 7 from 1 – 6 p.m. at Milan Community Center, 205 N Market in Milan, Mo.

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. 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 (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.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.