News release from the American Red Cross:
World Blood Donor Day is June 14
Every blood donor is a hero
Focusing on the idea that every one of us can become a hero by giving blood will be the focus of World Blood Donor Day on June 14.
“The need for blood is universal, just like air or water,” said Sharyn Whitman, CEO for the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “World Blood Donor Day provides the chance for all of us to recognize that blood is essential to health care across the globe.”
With the 2012 theme “every blood donor is a hero,” organizers of World Blood Donor Day are working to boost the number of people on every continent who give blood on a regular basis. Worldwide, about 92 million blood donations are made each year. But according to the World Health Organization, more than 70 countries have blood donation rates that are considered less than necessary to meet basic blood needs. In the United States, about 38 percent of the population is eligible to give blood, but only a fraction actually donates.
“Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood,” said Whitman. “Patients with emergency and ongoing medical needs depend on blood from volunteer donors to help save their lives.”
“Volunteer blood donors who give on a regular basis are the silent and unsung heroes who help save lives every day through their blood donations,” said Whitman. “In a world that’s getting more complex every day, it’s nice to know the simple act of giving blood can make a huge difference.”
Come to donate now through June 30 and be entered into a region-wide monthly drawing for a $500 gasoline gift card.
UPCOMING AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVES IN YOUR AREA:
Â· Monday, June 18, from noon until 4 p.m. at Tomkinson BMW, located at 929 Avenue of Autos in Fort Wayne. Please call 436-9000 to schedule your blood donation appointment.
Â· Tuesday, June 19, from 7:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at Wells Fargo Bank in Suite 800 Faegre Baker & Daniels LLP Board Room, located at 111 E. Wayne St. in Fort Wayne. Please call 460-1730 to schedule your blood donation appointment.
Â· Tuesday, June 19, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the Towne House Retirement Community, located at 2209 St. Joe Center Road in Fort Wayne. Please call 969-7088 to schedule your blood donation appointment.
Â· Tuesday, June 19, from 8:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. at Kohl’s Chapel Ridge, located at 10310 Maysville Road in Fort Wayne. Please call 486-7557, ext. 6 to schedule your blood donation appointment.
Â· Thursday, June 21, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Tower Bank, located at 116 E. Berry St. in Fort Wayne. Please call 427-7110 to schedule your blood donation appointment.
Â· Thursday, June 28, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Coldwell Banker Roth Wehrly Graber in the Conference Room, located at 5503 Coventry Lane in Fort Wayne. Please call 341-0380, ext. 8121 or 459-4639 to schedule your blood donation appointment.
Â· Friday, June 29, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at Fort Wayne Toyota, located at 5920 Illinois Road in Fort Wayne. Please call 436-4567 to schedule your blood donation appointment.
Â· Saturday, June 30, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Concordia Lutheran Church in Centennial Hall, located at 4245 Lake Ave. in Fort Wayne. Please call 482-9815 to schedule your blood donation appointment.
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:
Â· Monday and Tuesday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Â· Wednesday and Thursday: noon – 6 p.m.
Â· Friday and Saturday: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Platelet pheresis donation (call 1-800-589-8127 or 260-480-8299 to schedule a platelet donation):
Â· Monday: 6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Â· Tuesday: 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Â· Wednesday: 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Â· Thursday: 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Â· Friday: 6:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Â· Saturday: 6:30 a.m. – noon
Â· Sunday: 8 a.m. – 2 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): **
Â· Monday through Wednesday: noon – 6 p.m.
Â· Thursday through Saturday: 6 a.m. – noon *
* 2nd Thursday of the month: noon – 6 p.m.
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 Indiana and Ohio), 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 60 hospitals. The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at https://blog.redcross.org.