News release from the American Red Cross:
American Red Cross urges community to set aside one hour this summer to donate blood
(August 1, 2013) – Of the 2,250 hours of summer, countless are spent vacationing, gardening or just enjoying time in the sun. By setting aside just one of those hours to donate blood through the American Red Cross, you can help save the lives of up to three people and give them the gift of summertime, too.
“We’re asking you to set aside one hour of your summer to give blood and help those in need,” said Sharyn Whitman, CEO for the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “Every two seconds someone needs a blood transfusion in the United State. We need everyone who is eligible to donate to make an appointment to give.”
The need for blood often increases during the summer when vacation travel and activities increase the chance of serious accidents which may require lifesaving or sustaining care. At the same time, the blood supply can dwindle as donors become busy with summertime fun and overlook giving blood.
While all blood types are needed, Type O is in highest demand because it’s the only type that be transfused to patients in other blood groups such as A, B and AB. Hospitals also use Type O-negative blood in most emergency trauma cases when a patient’s blood type isn’t known.
The Red Cross is encouraging Type O donors to schedule and keep appointments, or to optimize their donation by making a double red cell donation. Donors who meet certain criteria may be eligible to safely donate two units of red cells through the automated donation process.
“Depending on your schedule, a double red cell donation may be ideal for you since you can give twice as much in just one visit,” said Whitman. “Whatever your blood type, however you give, someone needs you.”
UPCOMING AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVES IN YOUR AREA:
- Saturday, Aug. 17, from 8 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at Glenbrook Hyundai, located at 4801 Coldwater Road in Fort Wayne. Come to donate and receive a coupon for a free oil change for up to 5 quarts of non-synthetic oil at Glenbrook Hyundai.
- Saturday, Aug. 17, from 12:30 p.m. until 3 p.m. at Glenbrook Dodge, located at 100 W. Coliseum in Fort Wayne. Come to donate and receive a coupon for a free oil change for up to 5 quarts of non-synthetic oil at Glenbrook Dodge.
- Sunday, Aug. 18, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at St. Charles Catholic Church & School, located at 4910 Trier Road in Fort Wayne.
- Sunday, Aug. 18, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at St. Therese Catholic Church, located at 2304 Lower Huntington Road in Fort Wayne.
- Monday, Aug. 19, from noon until 4 p.m. at Monroeville EMS, located at 103 S. Water St. in Monroeville.
- Wednesday, Aug. 21, from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. at St. Johns Lutheran Lake Township in the Fellowship Hall, located at 7914 W. Cook Road in Fort Wayne.
- Wednesday, Aug. 21, from 7:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at Wells Fargo Bank on the 8th Floor Faegre Baker and Daniels LLP Board Room and Lounge, located at 111 E. Wayne St. in Fort Wayne.
- Wednesday, Aug. 21, from 1 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. at Shambaugh Kast Beck & Williams LLP, located at 229 W. Berry St. in Fort Wayne.
- Thursday, Aug. 22, from 1 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. at Dupont Hospital, located at 2520 E. Dupont Road in Fort Wayne.
- Saturday, Aug. 24, from 7:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul in the gymnasium, located at 1720 E. Wallen Road in Fort Wayne.
- Saturday, Aug. 24, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Leo High School, located at 14600 Amstutz Road in Leo. This is a Bleed for the Band blood drive.
- Sunday, Aug. 25, from 7:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at St. Joseph United Methodist Church, located at 6004 Reed Road in Fort Wayne.
- Tuesday, Aug. 27, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Parkview Hospital in the Pach Room, located at 2200 Randallia Drive in Fort Wayne.
- Thursday, Aug. 29, from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at International Business College in the Village of Coventry Foyer, located at 5699 Coventry Lane in Fort Wayne.
- Thursday, Aug. 29, from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at Ivy Tech Community College North Campus in the gymnasium, located at 4900 St. Joe Road in Fort Wayne.
- Saturday, Aug. 31, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Grace Point Church of the Nazarene, located at 8611 Mayhew Road in Fort Wayne. This blood drive is held In Memory Of Hope Millington. Come to donate and receive a t-shirt while supplies last.
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:
- Monday and Tuesday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Wednesday and Thursday: noon – 6 p.m. *
- Friday: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- Saturday: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Platelet pheresis donation (call 1-800-589-8127 or 260-480-8299 to schedule a platelet donation):
- Monday: 6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Tuesday: 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Wednesday: 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Thursday: 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Friday: 6:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
- Saturday: 6:30 a.m. – noon
- 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): **
- Monday through Wednesday: noon – 6 p.m.
- 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 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 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.