Celebrate Independence Day by Saving a Life

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News release from the American Red Cross:

Celebrate Independence Day by Saving a Life
All American Blood Drive offers t-shirt!

It’s summertime at the American Red Cross and the Fourth of July is right around the corner. That means the All American Blood Drive is coming up – a great time to give the gift of life. This year’s blood drive will take place Monday, July 2 through Saturday, July 7, in Fort Wayne. Come to donate and receive a free t-shirt.

The All American Blood Drive offers donors a way to celebrate Independence Day while saving lives. Blood is needed year-round, but the need compounds in the summer – and particularly around holidays – when vacation-related travel and activities increase the chance of accidents and injuries that require blood for lifesaving care. We all expect the blood to be there when we need it, but only 8 percent of eligible blood donors give the gift of life. The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to make and keep appointments to give blood during the summer to help maintain a stable blood supply.

The 2012 All American Blood Drive, sponsored by STAR 88.3, will take place at two convenient Fort Wayne locations July 2 – 7. Donors may schedule appointments by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or visiting redcrossblood.org.

Times and locations are as follows:

Fort Wayne Donor Center: 1212 E. California Road (across from the Coliseum)

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[li]Monday, July 2 & Tuesday, July 3: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.[/li]
[li]Thursday, July 5: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.[/li]
[li]Friday, July 6 & Saturday, July 7: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.[/li]

Lutheran Hospital Donor Center: 7900 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite 107 (in the South Lobby of Lutheran Hospital near the gift shop)

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[li]Monday, July 2 & Tuesday, July 3: 12 noon – 6 p.m.[/li]
[li]Thursday, July 5 – Saturday, July 7: 6 a.m. – 12 noon[/li]


How to Donate Blood
To schedule an appointment to donate please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in Indiana), 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.


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