Blood donors are everyday heroes who help save lives. During March, Red Cross Month, the American Red Cross recognizes these lifesavers, thanks them for their generosity and encourages others to join their ranks.

Courtney Krisher will be forever grateful for the donors who helped save her brother, Lucas. The siblings, who are both members of the U.S. military, had given blood together just a few months before Lucas was in a motorcycle accident. He was rushed to the hospital with extensive internal bleeding and received four pints of blood.

"Some people call me and my brother heroes (because of our military service), but I think the same could be said for people who give blood," Courtney said.

The Red Cross has been meeting the needs of patients like Lucas since World War II and today partners with nearly 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers throughout the U.S.

To make an appointment to give blood and be an everyday hero, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Pulaski County

March 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at American Red Cross, 4548 JFK Blvd., North Little Rock.

March 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Sylvan Hills High School, 484 Bear Paw Road, Sherwood.

March 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Jacksonville High School, 2400 Linda Lane, Jacksonville.

March 6 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at City of Maumelle, 550 Edgewood, Maumelle, Ark.

March 7 from noon to 5 p.m. at American Red Cross, 4548 JFK Blvd., North Little Rock, Ark.

March 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter School, 251 N. First St., Jacksonville.