Red Cross seeks blood donations to offset seasonal decline

 

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News release from the American Red Cross:

Red Cross seeks blood donations to offset seasonal decline

(June 30, 2015) — The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to help offset a seasonal decline in donations and prevent a shortage this summer by giving blood.

During June, July and August, there are about two fewer donors than needed at each Red Cross blood drive. This can add up to more than 100,000 fewer donations during the summer. Many schools that host blood drives are out of session, and vacation schedules can make regular donors less available – both contributing to the seasonal decline.

Donors of all blood types – especially those with types AB, O negative, A negative and B negative – are needed to help ensure blood products are available to hospital patients this summer. Type AB donors have the universal plasma type, which can be given to patients of all blood types. Plasma helps maintain blood pressure and supplies critical proteins for clotting immunity. It is often needed for burn, trauma and cancer patients.

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).

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities

Adams County

  • 7/30/2015: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Cornerstone Community Church, 909 East Monroe St. in Decatur.

 

Allen County

  • 7/16/2015: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Indiana Fallen Officer Blood Dr., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd. in Fort Wayne.
  • 7/17/2015: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Indiana Fallen Officer Blood Dr., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd. in Fort Wayne.
  • 7/18/2015: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Indiana Fallen Officer Blood Dr., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd. in Fort Wayne.
  • 7/18/2015: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Life Bridge Church, 12719 Corbin Rd. in Fort Wayne.
  • 7/20/2015: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, 10700 Aboite Center Rd. in Fort Wayne.
  • 7/21/2015: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Parkview Hospital, 2200 Randallia in Fort Wayne.
  • 7/24/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Good Shepherd UMC, 4700 Vance Ave. in Fort Wayne.
  • 7/25/2015: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., Our Lady of Good Hope, 7215 St. Joe Rd. in Fort Wayne.
  • 7/25/2015: 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Culver’s, 1425 W Washington Center Rd. in Fort Wayne.
  • 7/25/2015: 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Culver’s, 3510 E. Dupont Rd. in Fort Wayne.
  • 7/26/2015: 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Pathway Community Church, 11910 Shearwater Run in Fort Wayne.
  • 7/28/2015: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Indiana Michigan Power Center, 110 E. Wayne St. in Fort Wayne.
  • 7/28/2015: 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., Midwest America Federal Credit Union, 1104 Medical Park Dr. in Fort Wayne.
  • 7/28/2015: 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Midwest America Federal Credit Union – West Jefferson, 4331 West Jefferson Blvd. in Fort Wayne.
  • 7/29/2015: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m., Triple Crown Services, 2720 Dupont Commerce Court, Suite 200 in Fort Wayne.

 

DeKalb County

  • 7/21/2015: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., YMCA, 533 North St. in Auburn.
  • 7/25/2015: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Preferred Automotive Group, 333 N. Grandstaff in Auburn.
  • 7/28/2015: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Walmart, 505 Touring Dr. in Auburn.
  • 7/28/2015: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., New Hope Christian Center, 900 South Wayne in Waterloo.
  • 7/30/2015: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Judy A. Morrill Recreation Center, 1200 E. Houston St. in Garrett.

 

Huntington County

  • 7/22/2015: 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., Pathfinder Services, 1152 E. State St. in Huntington.
  • 7/22/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Legion, 1122 N Main St. in Roanoke.
  • 7/31/2015: 6 a.m. – 11 a.m., Ecolab, 970 E. Tipton St. in Huntington.
  • 7/31/2015: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Parkview Huntington Hospital, 2001 Stults Rd. in Huntington.

 

LaGrange County

  • 7/17/2015: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Blue Gate Garden Inn, 800 S. Van Buren St. in Shipshewana.
  • 7/28/2015: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., Shore Mennonite Church, 7235 W. U.S. 20 in Shipshewana.

 

Noble County

  • 7/17/2015: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Indiana Fallen Officer Blood Dr., Asbury United Methodist Church, 605 East Main St. in Albion.
  • 7/31/2015: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Crosspointe Family Church, 210 Highpointe Crossing in Kendallville.

 

Steuben County

  • 7/24/2015: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Fremont Community Church, 601 N. Coldwater St. in Fremont.
  • 7/30/2015: 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., YMCA of Steuben County, 500 Harcourt Rd. in Angola.

 

Wells County

  • 7/30/2015: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Lowes Home Improvement, 2105 North Main St. in Bluffton.

 

Whitley County

  • 7/16/2015: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Faith Lutheran Church, 9251 E SR 205 in Churubusco.
  • 7/22/2015: 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., South Whitley Public Library, 201 East Front St. in South Whitley.
  • 7/23/2015: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 101 East North St. in Columbia City.

 

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

Whole Blood Donations

  • 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.

Platelet Donations

  • Monday: 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Thursday: 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday: 6:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: 8 a.m. – 2 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)

Whole Blood Donations

  • Monday and Tuesday: noon – 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday and Thursday: closed
  • Friday and Saturday: 6 a.m. – noon

Platelet Donations

  • Monday and Tuesday: noon – 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday: closed
  • Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 6 a.m. – noon
  • Sunday: 6 a.m. – noon

 

How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit 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.

 

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