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News release from the American Red Cross:

Give something that means something – Give blood or platelets

(November 17, 2014) – The American Red Cross asks eligible donors to give something that means something this holiday season – a lifesaving blood donation.

Blood donations often decline this time of year when donors get busy with holiday festivities and travel. Severe winter weather and seasonal illnesses, like the flu, can also have a serious impact on blood donations, but the need for blood remains steady. On average, the Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood products every day for patients across the country.

Eligible donors with all types are needed, especially those with O negative, A negative and B negative. To learn more about donating blood and to schedule an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities

Allen County

  • Monday, December 1 from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., Christian Community Center of Harlan, 12616 Spencerville Road in Harlan.
  • Wednesday, December 3 from 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., Frontier Communications, 6430 Oakbrook Parkway in Fort Wayne.
  • Wednesday, December 3 from 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Books Comics & Things, 2212 Maplecrest Road in Fort Wayne.
  • Wednesday, December 3 from 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Tomkinson BMW, 929 Avenue of Autos, 14/69 Auto Mall in Fort Wayne.
  • Thursday, December 4 from 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Fire Police City County Federal Credit Union – N Clinton, 3306 North Clinton in Fort Wayne.
  • Friday, December 5 from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m., Mill Supplies Inc., 5105 Industrial Rd. in Fort Wayne.
  • Tuesday, December 9 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Parkview Hospital, 2200 Randallia in Fort Wayne.
  • Thursday, December 11 from 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Lowes, 6931 N. Lima Road in Fort Wayne.
  • Saturday, December 13 from: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Concordia Lutheran Church, 4245 Lake Ave in Fort Wayne.
  • Saturday, December 13 from: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 1819 Reservation Drive in Fort Wayne.
  • Sunday, December 14 from: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., St Joseph Catholic Church, 11337 Old US 27 South in Fort Wayne.
  • Monday, December 15 from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Emanuel Lutheran Church, 800 Green Street in New Haven.

 

DeKalb County

  • Tuesday, December 2 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 1203 East 7th St. in Auburn.

 

Huntington County

  • Monday, December 1 from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Evangelical United Methodist Church, 1000 Flaxmill Rd. in Huntington.
  • Sunday, December 7 from: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., Cafe of Hope, 900 East State Street in Huntington.
  • Wednesday, December 10 from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Legion, 1122 N Main Street in Roanoke.

 

LaGrange County

  • Tuesday, December 2 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Farmstead Inn & Conference Center, 370 S. Van Buren St. in Shipshewana.
  • Tuesday, December 9 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., LaGrange First Church of God, 777 N. Detroit St. in LaGrange.

 

Noble County

  • Friday, December 5 from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Asbury United Methodist Church, 605 East Main St. in Albion.
  • Saturday, December 13 from: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Cole Center Family YMCA, 700 S. Garden St. in Kendallville.

 

Steuben County

  • Monday, December 8 from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Carnegie Public Library, 322 South Wayne Street in Angola.

 

Whitley County

  • Thursday, December 4 from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Churubusco United Methodist Church, 750 North Main in Churubusco.
  • Thursday, December 11 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., United Methodist Church, 605 North Forest Parkway in Columbia City.

 

The Fort Wayne Donor Center located at 1212 E. California Road in Fort Wayne, (across from the Memorial Coliseum)

  • 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.

 

The Lutheran Hospital Donor Center located at 7900 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite 107 in Fort Wayne (in the South Lobby of Lutheran Hospital)

  • 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 download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcross.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 some states), 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 redcross.org.

 

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