Calling blood donors “everyday heroes who help save lives,” the American Red Cross is encouraging everyone who can to get out and support the organization's latest blood drive. The next ARC blood drive scheduled in Phillips County will be held Thursday, March 7 at Barton High School from 8:30 to 2 p.m. President Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed March Red Cross Month in 1943. Every president since that time has designated the month as Red Cross Month. Since World War II, the Red Cross has provided shelter, food and emotional support for victims of disasters. The organization supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood. It teaches skills that help save lives, provides humanitarian aid worldwide and supports members of the military and their families. A not-for-profit organization, the Red Cross depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to carry out its mission. All types of blood are needed for a reliable supply for those who need it. Potential donors are required to have two other forms of identification besides a blood donor card or a valid driver's license. Donors must be at least 17 (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and in generally good health. High school students 18 or younger also must meet certain height and weight requirements. The Red Cross recognizes blood donors as lifesavers and thanks them for the generosity and encourages others to step forward and join their ranks. According to a Red Cross press release, someone needs blood every two seconds. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join the ARC blog at http://blog.redcross.org.