Press release from the American Red Cross:
American Red Cross Encourages Donors to be Twice the Hero
You can be twice the hero to people in need this summer by giving the double red cell way through the American Red Cross.
A double red cell donation involves giving two pints of red cells through an automated donation process.
And time-strapped donors, Red Cross officials say, will find the collection technology ideal since it allows you to give more of what some patients need.
“Red blood cells are the most frequently used blood component, and are needed by almost every patient who needs a blood transfusion,” said Sharyn Whitman, CEO for the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “Not a day goes by that someone, somewhere doesn’t need red blood cells for emergency or ongoing medical care.”
While a donation of double red cells takes about 30 minutes longer than a whole blood donation, the waiting period between donations is 112 days versus 56 days for whole blood. When taken together, the overall time commitment for one double red cell donation is less than giving two pints of whole blood.
Donors who meet certain criteria may be eligible to safely donate double red cells. And blood donors with types O and B blood are frequently recruited for the automated donation process. Both blood types are in high demand, with type O being the most requested by hospitals since it can be transfused to patients in other blood groups such as A, B and AB. Hospitals, too, use type O-negative blood in most emergency trauma cases when a patient’s blood type isn’t known.
“Double red cell donations can help streamline blood collections, and bolster the supply available to hospital patients,” said Whitman. “That’s incredibly important during the summer when supplies are in delicate balance.”
UPCOMING AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVES IN YOUR AREA:
- Sunday, Aug. 1, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Fellowship Missionary Church, located at 2536 Tillman Road in Fort Wayne. Come to donate and receive an American Red Cross stadium seat cushion.
- Sunday, Aug. 1, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at St. Charles Catholic Church & School, located at 4910 Trier Road in Fort Wayne. Please call 482-2186 or emailto schedule your blood donation appointment.
- Monday, Aug. 2, from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Harlan Christian Youth Center, located at 17308 Second St. in Harlan. Please call 657-5877 to arrange transportation to this blood drive.
- Monday, Aug. 2, from 8:15 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. at Logikos, located at 2914 Independence Drive in Fort Wayne. Please call 483-3638 to schedule your blood donation appointment.
- Tuesday, Aug. 3, from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Lake Township, located at 7914 W. Cook Road in Fort Wayne. Please call 489-5031 to schedule your blood donation appointment.
- Tuesday, Aug. 3, from 7:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at Ruan, located at 3909 Limestone Drive in Fort Wayne. Please call 747-2725 to schedule your blood donation appointment.
- Wednesday, Aug. 4, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Orthopaedics Northeast, located at 2720 Dupont Commerce Court in Fort Wayne. Please call 490-6970 or 416-3841 to schedule your blood donation appointment.
- Friday, Aug. 6, from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, located at 4700 Vance Ave. in Fort Wayne. Please call 483-8816 to schedule your blood donation appointment.
- Saturday, Aug. 7, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at St. Joe Township Fire Department, located at 6033 Maplecrest Road in Fort Wayne.
- Tuesday, Aug. 10, from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. at Parkview Hospital in the Pach Room, located at 2200 Randallia in Fort Wayne. Please call 373-3902 to schedule your blood donation appointment.
- Wednesday, Aug. 11, from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Taylor Chapel United Methodist Church in the Family Life Center, located at 10145 Maysville Road in Fort Wayne.
- Friday, Aug. 13, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Mill Supplies, Inc. located at 5105 Industrial Road in Fort Wayne. Please call 484-8566 to schedule your blood donation appointment.
- Saturday, Aug. 14, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Westview Alliance Church, located at 9804 Illinois Road in Fort Wayne.
Fort Wayne Donor Center located at 1212 E. California Road in Fort Wayne, (across from the Memorial Coliseum)
Traditional whole blood or double red cell donation:
- Mon. & Tues. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Weds. & Thurs. 12 noon – 6 p.m.
- Fri. & Sat. 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Platelet pheresis donation (call 1-800-589-8127 or 260-480-8299 to schedule a platelet donation):
- Mon. 6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Tues. & Weds. 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Thurs. 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Fri. 6:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
- Sat. 6:30 a.m. – 12 noon
- Sun. 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Lutheran Hospital Donor Center located at 7900 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite 107 in Fort Wayne (in the South Lobby of Lutheran Hospital) Traditional whole blood or platelet pheresis donation (no platelet pheresis on Wednesdays):
- Monday through Wednesday: 12 noon – 6 p.m.
- Thursday through Saturday: 6 a.m. – 12 noon
- Sunday: by appointment only
How to Donate Blood
To schedule an appointment to donate please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit for more information. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.
About the American Red Cross
The Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region serves northern and central Indiana and northwestern Ohio, and needs to collect about 500 units of blood a day to meet patient need in more than 60 hospitals. In addition to providing blood to our community, the American Red Cross also provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.