News release from the American Red Cross:
American Red Cross to Host Fallen Officer Blood Drives
Campaign honors fallen officers across Indiana, raises awareness of need for blood
(May 6, 2015) – Throughout the summer months, the American Red Cross will participate in the statewide Fallen Officer Blood Drive Campaign. This is the ninth year the Red Cross will host blood drives across Indiana to honor fallen officers and raise awareness of the need for blood.
Janice Starnes, whose husband Sergeant Daniel Starnes was killed in the line of duty in 2001, founded the campaign and continues to organize it each year. “Most encouraging,” Starnes says, “is that the blood drives continue to grow and our officers are not forgotten thanks to the people who come to give blood in their memory.”
More than 30,000 units of blood have been collected since the 2007 start of the Fallen Officer blood drives. To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit https://www.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/.
The following Fallen Officer Blood Drives will take place in your community:
- July 13 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Fort Wayne Donor Center, 1212 E. California Rd. in Fort Wayne.
- July 14 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Fort Wayne Donor Center, 1212 E. California Rd. in Fort Wayne.
- July 15 from 12 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Fort Wayne Donor Center, 1212 E. California Rd. in Fort Wayne.
- July 16 from 12 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Fort Wayne Donor Center, 1212 E. California Rd. in Fort Wayne.
- July 17 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Fort Wayne Donor Center, 1212 E. California Rd. in Fort Wayne.
- July 18 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Fort Wayne Donor Center, 1212 E. California Rd. in Fort Wayne.
- July 17 from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. at Ashbury United Methodist Church, 605 E. Main St. in Albion.
(For a complete list of Fallen Officer drive in the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region, visit
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit https://www.redcrossblood.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.