News release from the American Red Cross:
Celebrate World Red Cross Day by giving blood
(April 14, 2015) â€” The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood this May in honor of World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day on May 8 – the birthday of International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement founder, Henry Dunant.
World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day recognizes the local and global impact of the Red Cross mission. For more than 130 years, the American Red Cross has been helping people, including those in need of blood transfusions, in communities across the U.S. It is the only blood services organization that also provides disaster relief, services for active and veteran military personnel and their families, and health and safety training.
Last year, about 3.1 million volunteer blood donors rolled up a sleeve to help the Red Cross meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals nationwide. 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.
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). 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 https://sleevesup.redcrossblood.org/.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities
- Tuesday, May 12 from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., South Adams Senior Center, 825 Hendrick St. in Berne.
- Saturday, May 2 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., St. Michael Lutheran Church, 2131 Getz Rd. in Fort Wayne.
- Saturday, May 2 from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Books Comics & Things, 2212 Maplecrest Rd. in Fort Wayne.
- Sunday, May 3 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church, 2213 Brooklyn Ave. in Fort Wayne.
- Tuesday, May 5 from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Our Hope Lutheran Church and School, 1821 Trinity Dr. in Huntertown.
- Wednesday, May 6 from 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Lowes, 6931 N. Lima Rd. in Fort Wayne.
- Thursday, May 7 from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., International Business College, 5699 Coventry Lane in Fort Wayne.
- Thursday, May 7 from 12:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m., Partners 1st Federal Credit Union, 1314 Minnich Rd. in New Haven.
- Saturday, May 9 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., Ascension Lutheran Church, 8811 St. Joe Rd. in Fort Wayne.
- Saturday, May 9 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Don Ayres Times Corner Little League, 4509 Homestead Rd. in Fort Wayne.
- Monday, May 11 from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., Grabill Missionary Church, 13637 State St. in Grabill.
- Tuesday, May 12 from 3:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., Cedarville Elementary School, 12225 Hardisty Rd. in Fort Wayne.
- Thursday, May 14 from 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., Hylant Group, 6714 Point Inverness Way, Suite 1 in Fort Wayne.
- Thursday, May 14 from 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Cummins Crosspoint, 3415 West Coliseum Blvd. in Fort Wayne.
- Friday, May 15 from 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., Kelley Chevrolet, 5220 Value Dr. in Fort Wayne.
- Friday, May 15 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., Fort Wayne Nissan, 4909 Lima Rd. in Fort Wayne.
- Monday, May 4 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Miller’s Merry Manor, 1367 South Randolph St. in Garrett.
- Tuesday, May 5 from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 1203 East 7th St. in Auburn.
- Tuesday, May 12 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Wal-mart, 505 Touring Dr. in Auburn.
- Sunday, May 3 from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., Cafe of Hope, 900 East State St. in Huntington.
- Monday, May 4 from 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Evangelical United Methodist Church, 1000 Flaxmill Rd. in Huntington.
- Thursday, May 7 from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Knight-Bergman Center, 132 S. Nancy St. in Warren.
- Tuesday, May 12 from 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., Pathfinder Services, 1152 E. State St. in Huntington.
- Friday, May 8 from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Blue Gate Garden Inn, 800 S. Van Buren St. in Shipshewana.
- Monday, May 11 from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., LaGrange First United Methodist Church, 209 W. Spring St. in LaGrange.
- Friday, May 1 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Faith United Methodist Church, 411 Harding St. in Kendallville.
- Friday, May 1 from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Park & Recreation Center, 520 W. Union St. in Ligonier.
- Saturday, May 2 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., ATA Excellence Martial Arts, 111 West Rush St. in Kendallville.
- Friday, May 15 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Kendallville Public Library, 221 S Park Ave. in Kendallville.
- Wednesday, May 6 from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Helmer United Methodist Church, 7530 S SR 327 in Helmer.
- Monday, May 11 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Fairview Missionary Church, 525 E 200 N in Angola.
- Monday, May 4 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 215 East Dustman Rd. in Bluffton.
- Friday, May 1 from 12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., City Chevrolet, 3040 E. Business 30 in Columbia City.
- Wednesday, May 13 from 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Parkview Whitley Hospital, 1260 East State Rd. 205 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.