American Red Cross urges donations during heart of summer

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News release from the American Red Cross:

American Red Cross urges donations during heart of summer

America’s blood supply is an important piece of our country’s ability to respond to disasters. By donating blood, people can help prepare for the unexpected and help ensure blood is available when and where it’s needed.

“Any disaster, man-made or natural, can result in people being injured and needing blood,” said Sharyn Whitman, CEO for the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “While people often join together to help after a disaster, it’s just as important to be organized and prepared today for when disaster strikes.”

Making an appointment to donate blood during Disaster Education and Awareness Month this July is one way to help prepare for the unexpected. Another is to talk to friends and family about the importance of giving blood. A third is to consider volunteering at or sponsoring an American Red Cross blood drive.

Every day, hospitals need more than 44,000 blood donations for the care of serious diseases, accidents or trauma. And when disaster strikes, the need can be greater, depending on the severity and scope.

The Red Cross has the unique ability to move blood around the country through its National Inventory Management System, which helps meet patient need during times of disaster or shortages.

“Your blood donations through the American Red Cross help build a blood supply strong enough to meet everyday and emergency medical needs,” said Whitman. “It’s blood on the shelves today that helps save lives.”

 

UPCOMING AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVES IN YOUR AREA:

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[li]Monday, July 16, from 7:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. at Parkview Field, located at 1301 Ewing St. in Fort Wayne.[/li]
[li]Tuesday, July 17, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the University of St. Francis in Room 156 A & B, located at 2701 Spring St. in Fort Wayne. Come to donate and receive a t-shirt and be entered into a drawing to win two tickets for Cedar Point valid for the 2012 season.[/li]
[li]Tuesday, July 17, from 8:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. at Fort Financial Credit Union, located at 3102 Spring St. in Fort Wayne. Please call 435-5139 to schedule your blood donation appointment.[/li]
[li]Wednesday, July 18, from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. at Triple Crown Services, located at 2720 Dupont Commerce Court in Fort Wayne. Please call 416-3625 to schedule your blood donation appointment.[/li]
[li]Wednesday, July 18, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at Ruan, located at 3909 Limestone Drive in Fort Wayne. Come to donate and receive a free lunch provided by Ruan. Please call 747-2725 to schedule your blood donation appointment.[/li]
[li]Thursday, July 19, from noon until 6 p.m. at Belmont Beverage, located at 3309 N. Anthony Blvd. in Fort Wayne. Please call 424-4604 to schedule your blood donation appointment.[/li]
[li]Thursday, July 19, from 12:15 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. at the YMCA – Jorgensen, located at 10313 Aboite Center Road in Fort Wayne. Please call 432-8953, ext. 213 to schedule your blood donation appointment.[/li]
[li]Saturday, July 21, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the United Methodist Church of the Covenant in the Meeting Room, located at 10001 Coldwater Road in Fort Wayne. Come to donate and receive a t-shirt. Please call 438-2801 to schedule your blood donation appointment.[/li]
[li]Saturday, July 21, from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at Fantastic Sams Hair Salons, located at 10019 Lima Road in Fort Wayne. Come to donate and receive a free bottle of shampoo and a coupon for haircut for only $8.95. Please call Fantastic Sams Hair Salons at 449-9766 to schedule your blood donation appointment.[/li]
[li]Saturday, July 21, from 1:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. at Fantastic Sams Hair Salons, located at 10212 Chestnut Plaza in Fort Wayne. Come to donate and receive a free bottle of shampoo and a coupon for haircut for only $8.95. Please call Fantastic Sams Hair Salons at 449-9766 to schedule your blood donation appointment.[/li]
[li]Monday, July 23, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Parkview Hospital, located at 2200 Randallia Drive in Fort Wayne.[/li]
[li]Monday, July 23, from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in the gymnasium, located at 10700 Aboite Center Road in Fort Wayne. Come to donate and receive a t-shirt.[/li]
[li]Monday, July 23, from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in the Meeting Room, located at 4700 Vance Ave. in Fort Wayne. Please call the church office at 483-8816 to schedule your blood donation appointment.[/li]
[li]Monday, July 23, from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the New Haven Police Department in the Police Training Room, located at 815 Lincoln Highway East in New Haven. Come to donate and receive a t-shirt. Please call 748-7083 to schedule your blood donation appointment.
Wednesday, July 25, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at PNC Bank in the lower level Training Room, located at 110 W. Berry St. in Fort Wayne. Please call 461-6219 or email kari.huston@pnc.com to schedule your blood donation appointment.[/li]
[li]Wednesday, July 25, from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Resurrection Lutheran Church, located at 14318 Lima Road in Fort Wayne. Please call 637-3724 to schedule your blood donation appointment.[/li]
[li]Thursday, July 26, from noon until 5 p.m. at Paul Davis Restoration, located at 3010-1 Butler Ridge Parkway in Fort Wayne. Please call 436-7510, ext. 107 to schedule your blood donation appointment.[/li]
[li]Thursday, July 26, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Indiana Purdue University Fort Wayne in Walb G-21, located at 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd. in Fort Wayne. Please go to www.ipfw.edu/apsac to schedule your blood donation appointment.[/li]
[li]Saturday, July 28, from 8 a.m. until noon at Our Lady of Good Hope in the gymnasium, located at 7215 St. Joe Road in Fort Wayne.[/li]
[li]Sunday, July 29, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Fellowship Missionary Church, located at 2536 Tillman Road in Fort Wayne.[/li]
[li]Sunday, July 29, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Monroeville EMS, located at 103 S. Water St. in Monroeville.[/li]
[li]Sunday, July 29, from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at Pathway Community Church, located at 11910 Shearwater Run in Fort Wayne.[/li]
[li]Monday, July 30, from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Emanuel Lutheran Church in the Fellowship Hall, located at 800 Green St. in New Haven.[/li]
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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:

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[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]
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Platelet pheresis donation (call 1-800-589-8127 or 260-480-8299 to schedule a platelet donation):

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[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 a.m. – 2 p.m.[/li]
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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): **

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[li]Monday through Wednesday: noon – 6 p.m.[/li]
[li]Thursday through Saturday: 6 a.m. – noon *[/li]
[li]* 2nd Thursday of the month: noon – 6 p.m.[/li]
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How to Donate Blood
To schedule an appointment to donate please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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.

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