News release from the American Red Cross:
Red Cross urges winter blood donations
Give something that means something and offer hope
(November 19, 2013) – The holidays bring families and friends together to share in celebrations and special times of giving. But for families dealing with a cancer diagnosis or other major illness, the holidays can be difficult.
The American Red Cross’ Give Something that Means Something winter campaign runs through Jan. 6, 2014, and encourages eligible donors to give something meaningful this holiday season by donating blood or platelets for hospital patients in need.
“Historically, during the winter months of November, December and January, fewer donors make the time to give blood due to competing seasonal activities, celebrations and holiday shopping,” said Sharyn Whitman, CEO of the Red Cross Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region. “By doing something that doesn’t cost a thing, you can give an amazing gift – you can offer hope to a patient in need.”
Blood donations can help fathers like Larry. Larry’s premature twins needed blood to survive. Thanks to the Red Cross, it was there. Larry has been a blood donor for more than 20 years and every time he donates, he’s reminded of the opportunity he has to give something that means something.
Blood donors are encouraged to invite a loved one to follow in their footsteps and donate blood this holiday season. Visit https://rcblood.org/HolidayPostcard to upload a picture of a Red Cross blood donation and send a postcard to a loved one. For more information or to make an appointment to give blood or platelets, please visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)
Upcoming blood donation opportunities
- Monday, Dec. 2, from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Sunrise Chapel in the lower level, located at 12732 Spencerville Road in Harlan.
- Monday, Dec. 2, from 8:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. at Accu Temp Products, Inc., located at 5021 Investment Drive in Fort Wayne.
- Monday, Dec. 2, from 1 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. at Preferred Auto Group, located at 5005 Illinois Road in Fort Wayne.
- Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Fort Wayne Residence Inn, located at 7811 W. Jefferson in Fort Wayne.
- Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 2 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. at Kroger, located at 601 E. Dupont Road in Fort Wayne.
- Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 6 a.m. until 10 a.m. at Web Industries, located at 3925 Ardmore Ave. in Fort Wayne.
- Thursday, Dec. 5, from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at Indiana Purdue University by Walb Student Union, located at 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd. in Fort Wayne.
- Friday, Dec. 6, from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. at Mill Supplies, Inc., located at 5105 Industri9al Road in Fort Wayne.
- Friday, Dec. 6, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Accu Temp Products, Inc., located at 8415 N. Clinton Park Drive in Fort Wayne.
- Sunday, Dec. 8, from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at Queen of Angels Catholic Church & School in the School Gymnasium, located at 1500 W. State Blvd. in Fort Wayne.
- Monday, Dec. 9, from 1 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the YMCA Jorgensen, located at 10313 Aboite Center Road in Fort Wayne.
- Monday, Dec. 9, from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the National Guard on the Drill Floor, located at 130 W. Cook Road in Fort Wayne.
- Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 8:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. at STAR Financial Bank, located at 6230 Bluffton Road in Fort Wayne.
- Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the New Haven Police Department in the Training Room, located at 815 Lincoln Highway East in New Haven.
- Thursday, Dec. 12, from 1 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. at Dupont Hospital, located at 2520 E. Dupont Road in Fort Wayne.
- Saturday, Dec. 14, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Concordia Lutheran Church in Centennial Hall, located at 4245 Lake Ave. in Fort Wayne.
- Sunday, Dec. 15, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in the Recreation Hall, located at 11337 Old U.S. 27 South in Fort Wayne.
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:
- Monday and Tuesday: noon – 6 p.m.
- Wednesday: closed
- Thursday through Saturday: 6 a.m. – noon *
- * 2nd Thursday of the month: noon – 6 p.m.
How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in Indiana and Ohio), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 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 redcrossblood.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.