Honor local heroes by donating blood

<p>The American Red Cross is kicks off their "Honor Your Hero" campaign.</p>

The American Red Cross is honoring Toledo Police and Fire departments this week with its "Honor Your Hero" campaign.

Red Cross officials say that donating blood is a way to support our communities by honoring those who protect and serve us.

There is an urgent need for three blood types: O negative, A negative, and B negative.

The â??Honor Your Heroesâ?? drive kicks off on Monday and goes thru Saturday. The Toledo Donor Center is located at 3510 Executive Parkway in West Toledo. Center hours are between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

To make a donation appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit

- More than 44,000 blood donations are needed every day

- Someone needs blood every two seconds in the U.S.

- The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 pints

- A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints