Every two seconds someone needs blood: Red Cross urges blood donations

 

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News release from the American Red Cross:

Every two seconds someone needs blood: Red Cross urges blood donations

(July 15, 2015) — The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to to give blood in August and help meet the constant need for blood products by patients. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.

Summer is an especially difficult time to collect enough blood to meet the needs of hospital patients. Despite travel and other activities that may cause some donors to be less available to give, the Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood donations every day to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country.

With more summer days ahead, every blood donation is important in helping ensure blood is available for patients in need, and volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those who need it. 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.

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

Adams County

  • 8/7/2015: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Adams Memorial Hospital, 1100 Mercer Ave. in Decatur.
  • 8/10/2015: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., Lehman Park Pavilion, 667 Lehman St. in Berne.
  • 8/14/2015: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Century Link, 248 West Monroe St. in Decatur.

 

Allen County

  • 8/2/2015: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., St. Therese Catholic Church, 2304 Lower Huntington Rd. in Fort Wayne.
  • 8/3/2015: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., Christian Community Center of Harlan, 12616 Spencerville Rd. in Harlan.
  • 8/3/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., United Methodist Church, 630 Lincoln Hwy. East in New Haven.
  • 8/4/2015: 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Frontier Communications, 6430 Oakbrook Parkway in Fort Wayne.
  • 8/7/2015: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m., Mill Supplies Inc., 5105 Industrial Rd. in Fort Wayne.
  • 8/8/2015: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Concordia Lutheran Church, 4245 Lake Ave. in Fort Wayne.
  • 8/13/2015: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., International Business College, 5699 Coventry Lane in Fort Wayne.
  • 8/13/2015: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Kelley Automotive, 633 Ave. of Autos in Fort Wayne.

 

DeKalb County

  • 8/4/2015: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 1203 East 7th St. in Auburn.
  • 8/11/2015: 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., American Legion Garrett, 515 W. 5th Ave. in Goshen.

 

Huntington

  • 8/3/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Evangelical United Methodist Church, 1000 Flaxmill Rd. in Huntington.

 

LaGrange County

  • 8/4/2015: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., KZ-RV, 0985 N 900 W in Shipshewana.
  • 8/8/2015: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., South Milford Church of Christ, 8030 E 600 S in Wolcottville.
  • 8/11/2015: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church, 50 N 100 E in LaGrange.

 

Noble County

  • 8/8/2015: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 210 N Orange St. in Albion.
  • 8/10/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Grace Christian Church, 126 E. Mitchell St. in Kendallville.

 

Steuben County

  • 8/10/2015: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 700 West Maumee St. in Angola.
  • 8/12/2015: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Sonlight Community Church, 455 N Gerald Lett Ave. in Angola.
  • 8/13/2015: 12:30 p.m. – 5 p.m., Hamilton United Methodist Church, 7780 South Wayne St. in Hamilton.

 

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 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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