All eligible blood donors are encouraged to give blood and help save lives in March, which is Red Cross Month. Donating is easier than ever with the Blood Donor App and RapidPass.

With the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, donors can conveniently schedule and manage donation appointments, access their donor card, track the impact of their donations and earn rewards. Donors can also save up to 15 minutes at the blood drive by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questions online at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass before coming to their appointments.

"I've always thought it was the right thing to do, to donate when it was convenient for me," said Lance Ford. "But after my triplets were born premature and needed transfusions in the neonatal intensive care unit, I decided that it was more important to seek out opportunities to donate, rather than just waiting until it was convenient to me. The Red Cross apps and notifications make it very easy to find a location near you, and they are so courteous, respectful and efficient. There is really no excuse not to donate. It's such a small thing that makes such a big difference!"

March has been recognized as Red Cross Month by every U.S. president since 1943 in celebration of the Red Cross volunteers who help those in need by giving their time, money or blood.

Join their ranks by making an appointment to give blood by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Akron

3/22/2017: 1:15 p.m. - 7:45 p.m., Summit Blood Donation Center, 501 W. Market Street

3/22/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Grace Bible Church, 5781 Manchester Road

3/23/2017: 1:15 p.m. - 7:45 p.m., Summit Blood Donation Center, 501 W. Market Street

3/24/2017: 8:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Summit Blood Donation Center, 501 W. Market Street

3/24/2017: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Ellet High School, 309 Woolf Ave

3/25/2017: 8:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Summit Blood Donation Center, 501 W. Market Street

3/26/2017: 8:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Summit Blood Donation Center, 501 W. Market Street

3/27/2017: 8:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Summit Blood Donation Center, 501 W. Market Street

3/28/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Canal Place, 520 S. Main St, Suite 2451B

3/28/2017: 1:15 p.m. - 7:45 p.m., Summit Blood Donation Center, 501 W. Market Street

3/29/2017: 1:15 p.m. - 7:45 p.m., Summit Blood Donation Center, 501 W. Market Street

3/30/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Cleveland Clinic Akron General, 1 Akron General Avenue

3/30/2017: 1:15 p.m. - 7:45 p.m., Summit Blood Donation Center, 501 W. Market Street

3/30/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Hammer Strike Firearms, 837 N. Cleveland Massillon Road

3/31/2017: 8:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Summit Blood Donation Center, 501 W. Market Street

Macedonia

3/23/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 9080 Shepard Road

3/30/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Macedonia Family Recreation Center, 1494 East Aurora Road