Helping save lives is a team effort and the American Red Cross is recruiting new players for its team.  Players of all sized, shapes, and talents are needed to ensure there is blood for hospital patients in need.

Not all of us are gifted with the talent to be a big league baseball player, a tennis star, or even the next Tiger Woods.  But, most of us can be real life heroes in the game of life, just by donating a pint of blood to a person in need.

During March and April everyone who steps in to donate in a Red Cross blood center or blood drive will receive an American Red Cross life-saving team baseball cap.  Locally, donation can be made at the INTEGRIS Grove General Hospital sponsored Grove community drive on Thursday, March 19th at the Grove Community Center between the hours of 11:30-5:30.

Donors at least 17 years of age, who weight a minimum of 110 pounds and are in general good health, may be eligible to donate blood.  There is no upper age limit on donors.  A whole blood donor can donate every 56 days.

Individuals unable to donate blood can still play their part by organizing Red Cross blood drives or assisting as a volunteer in local drives.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, donors should call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543).  The Red Cross reminds those coming to donate to bring a photo ID.