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News release from the American Red Cross:

Celebrate National Volunteer Month by giving blood with the Red Cross

(March 16, 2015) — The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood during National Volunteer Month this April and make a difference in the lives of patients in need.

The Red Cross salutes the hundreds of thousands of volunteers who help fulfill its lifesaving mission and encourages others to join their ranks as volunteer blood donors. Volunteer donors are the only source of blood products for those in need of transfusions.

Donors of all blood types – especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative – are needed to help ensure blood is available for patients this spring. Those who are unable to give blood can support blood donations and invite others to make a lifesaving donation by creating a SleevesUp virtual blood drive at redcrossblood.org/SleevesUp.

To make an appointment to give blood, 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

  • Wednesday, April 1 from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Hutzell Athletic Center, 2701 Spring St. (Leesburg Rd.) in Fort Wayne.
  • Monday, April 6 from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., Christian Community Center of Harlan, 12616 Spencerville Rd. in Harlan.
  • Friday, April 10 from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m., Mill Supplies Inc., 5105 Industrial Rd. in Fort Wayne.
  • Friday, April 10 from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Good Shepherd UMC, 4700 Vance Ave. in Fort Wayne.
  • Monday, April 13 from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 943 Powers St. in New Haven.

DeKalb County

  • Tuesday, April 7 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 500 East 7th St. in Auburn.

Huntington County

  • Wednesday, April 1 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Huntington University, 2303 College Ave. in Huntington.
  • Wednesday, April 1 from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Legion, 1122 N Main St. in Roanoke.
  • Monday, April 6 from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Evangelical United Methodist Church, 1000 Flaxmill Rd. in Huntington.
  • Friday, April 10 from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Andrews Elementary School, 509 E. Jefferson St. in Andrews.

LaGrange

  • Saturday, April 4 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., South Milford Church of Christ, 8030 E 600 S in Wolcottville.
  • Tuesday, April 7 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Farmstead Inn & Conference Center, 370 S. Van Buren St. in Shipshewana.
  • Tuesday, April 14 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church, 50 N 100 E in LaGrange.

Noble County

  • Friday, April 10 from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic School, 232 N. Main St. in Avilla.
  • Sunday, April 12 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Destiny Family of Faith, 445 N. Riley St. in Kendallville.

Steuben County

  • Wednesday, April 8 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Trine University, 1 University Ave. in Angola.
  • Monday, April 13 from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 700 West Maumee St. in Angola.

Whitley County

  • Wednesday, April 1 from 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., South Whitley Public Library, 201 East Front St. in South Whitley.
  • Thursday, April 2 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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

 

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