News release from the American Red Cross:
Be part of a giving nation: donate blood
National Volunteer Week slated for April 10th through 16th
(March 17, 2011) – Individuals and organizations can seize the moment and share in honoring America’s volunteers this spring.
National Volunteer Week runs April 10 through 16 and celebrates the millions of people who dedicate themselves to taking action that helps better their communities. The week also provides opportunities to inspire, recognize and encourage people to seek out and engage in activities that can effect positive social change.
“Everywhere you look, you’ll find a story about ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary things through volunteer service, including blood donation,” said Sharyn Whitman, CEO for the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “And that’s cause for celebration.”
National Volunteer Week was established by President Richard Nixon in 1974, and continues to grow in scope through the support of all subsequent U.S. presidents and other elected officials.
At the American Red Cross, volunteers constitute 96 percent of the total work force needed to carry out the organization’s humanitarian mission. Around 155,000 volunteers assist Red Cross staff in collecting 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply from about 4 million volunteer blood donors. In addition, more than a half million people a year deliver Red Cross services in areas such as disaster relief, health and safety training, and support to military members and their families.
“Volunteers show all of us that you can make a difference in today’s world,” said Whitman. “We invite you to join the millions of people who help save the day by donating blood or giving of your time and talents through the American Red Cross.”
UPCOMING AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVES IN YOUR AREA:
[li]Wednesday, April 6, from noon until 4 p.m. at Tomkinson BMW, located at 929 Avenue of Autos in the 14/69 Auto Mall in Fort Wayne.[/li]
[li]Thursday, April 7, from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. at Dupont Hospital, located at 2520 E. Dupont Road in Fort Wayne.[/li]
[li]Friday, April 8, 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.[/li]
[li]Friday, April 8, from 1 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. at Kohl’s Apple Glen, located at 1410 Apple Glen Blvd. in Fort Wayne. Please call 434-0445 to schedule your blood donation appointment.[/li]
[li]Friday, April 8, from 8:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. at Dimension Ford North, located at 320 W. Coliseum Blvd. in Fort Wayne.[/li]
[li]Tuesday, April 12, from 1 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. at Lowe’s, located at 6931 N. Lima Road in Fort Wayne.[/li]
[li]Thursday, April 14, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Friday, April 15, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne in the Science Building, located at 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd in Fort Wayne. Please call (260) 481-6586 or go to redcrossblood.org, sponsor code “ipfw” to schedule your blood donation appointment. Come to donate and be entered into a drawing for a $50 Visa gift card to be given away each day. This blood drive is sponsored by the IPFW Student Activities Board.[/li]
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:
[li]Monday and Tuesday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.[/li]
[li]Wednesday and Thursday: noon – 6 p.m.[/li]
[li]Friday and Saturday: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.[/li]
Platelet pheresis donation (call 1-800-589-8127 or 260-480-8299 to schedule a platelet donation):
[li]Monday: 6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.[/li]
[li]Tuesday: 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.[/li]
[li]Wednesday: 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.[/li]
[li]Thursday: 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.[/li]
[li]Friday: 6:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.[/li]
[li]Saturday: 6:30 a.m. – noon[/li]
[li]Sunday: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.[/li]
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):
[li]Monday through Wednesday: noon – 6 p.m.[/li]
[li]Thursday through Saturday: 6 a.m. – noon[/li]
[li]Thursday, April 14 ONLY: noon – 6 p.m.[/li]
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.