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News release from the American Red Cross:

Start a lifesaving habit by giving blood with the American Red Cross

(January 2, 2015) — The American Red Cross encourages eligible blood donors to start a lifesaving habit by becoming a regular blood donor this year, starting with National Blood Donor Month in January.

January is a challenging time for blood donations. Inclement weather can result in blood drive cancellations, and cold and flu season may cause some donors to be unable to make or keep blood donation appointments. National Blood Donor Month, celebrated in January since 1970, raises awareness of the need for blood during the winter and throughout the year, while honoring those who roll up a sleeve to help patients in need.

Donors of all blood types are needed, especially those with O negative, A negative and B negative. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to patients with any blood type. Types A and B negative can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients.

To learn more about donating blood and to schedule an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcross.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities

Adams County

  • 1/20/2015: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., South Adams Senior Center, 825 Hendrick St. in Berne.

 

Allen County

  • 1/20/2015: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Walb Student Union, 2101 E Coliseum Blvd. in Fort Wayne.
  • 1/21/2015: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m., Triple Crown Services, 2720 Dupont Commerce Ct, Suite 200 in Fort Wayne.
  • 1/21/2015: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., Ivy Tech Community College, Coliseum Campus, 3800 North Anthony Blvd. in Fort Wayne.
  • 1/21/2015: 1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m., Indiana Stamp Company, 1319 Production Rd. in Fort Wayne.
  • 1/21/2015: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., New Haven Police Department, 815 Lincoln Hwy East in New Haven.
  • 1/22/2015: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m., Brown Mackie College, 3000 East Coliseum Blvd. in Fort Wayne.
  • 1/23/2015: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Superior Auto, 4101 Lake Ave. in Fort Wayne.
  • 1/24/2015: 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., St. Vincent de Paul, 1720 East Wallen Rd. in Fort Wayne.
  • 1/25/2015: 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Pathway Community Church, 11910 Shearwater Run in Fort Wayne.
  • 1/25/2015: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Pine Hills Church, 4704 Carroll Rd. in Fort Wayne.
  • 1/28/2015: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Citizens Square, 200 East Berry in Fort Wayne.
  • 1/28/2015: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Edwin J Rousseau Center, 1 East Main St. in Fort Wayne.
  • 1/29/2015: 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Indiana Tech, 1600 E. Washington Blvd. in Fort Wayne.
  • 1/31/2015: 7 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 3425 Crescent Ave. in Fort Wayne.

 

Huntington County

  • 1/21/2015: 2:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Lancaster Elementary School, 2932 West 300 South in Huntington.
  • 1/21/2015: 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Roanoke Elementary School, 423 W Vine St. in Roanoke.
  • 1/30/2015: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Parkview Huntington Hospital, 2001 Stults Rd. in Huntington.

 

LaGrange County

  • 1/19/2015: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., LaGrange First United Methodist Church, 209 W. Spring St. in LaGrange.
  • 1/31/2015: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 10275 E 550 S in Stroh.

 

Noble County

  • 1/27/2015: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., North Side Elementary School, 302 E. Harding St. in Kendallville.
  • 1/30/2015: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Asbury United Methodist Church, 605 East Main St. in Albion.
  • 1/30/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Lutheran Life Villages, 351 N. Allen Chapel Rd. in Kendallville.

 

Steuben County

  • 1/29/2015: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Trine University, 1 University Ave. in Angola.

 

Whitley County

  • 1/29/2015: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Faith Lutheran Church, 9251 E SR 205 in Churubusco.

 

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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