Help communities prepare for emergencies by donating blood


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News release from the American Red Cross:

Help communities prepare for emergencies by donating blood
Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give during National Preparedness Month

(September 9, 2015) — The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to help their communities prepare for emergencies by giving blood during National Preparedness Month this September.

Becoming a regular blood donor is one way to help ensure communities are prepared for any emergency, including those where blood transfusions are needed. The Red Cross also encourages the public to get prepared by making a disaster plan for their homes or work places.

A sufficient blood supply is central to ensuring hospitals are prepared to meet patient needs in times of disaster, including the very personal ones that can happen any day. Because blood takes about 48 hours to be tested, processed and made available for patients, it’s the blood already on the shelves that can help save the day when emergencies occur.

This month also marks the sixth year that the Red Cross and Sport Clips Haircuts have teamed up to help increase blood donations. Through the “Saving Lives Never Looked So Good” campaign, Sport Clips is thanking those who come to give blood in September with a coupon for a free haircut at participating Sport Clips locations. The coupon is valid through Nov. 8, 2015, and will be sent to donors via email a few days after their donation.

Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood, and volunteer donors are the only source of blood for patients needing transfusions. The Red Cross needs blood donors of all types – especially those with types AB, O negative, B negative and A negative – to give blood regularly.

To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). For information on planning for emergencies and preparedness training, visit


Upcoming blood donation opportunities

Adams County

  • 9/27/2015: 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., St. Mary Catholic Church, 414 Madison St. in Decatur.


Allen County

  • 9/19/2015: 7 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 3425 Crescent Ave. in Fort Wayne.
  • 9/20/2015: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., St. Charles Catholic Church/School, 4910 Trier Rd. in Fort Wayne.
  • 9/21/2015: 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., Glenbrook Hyundai, 4801 Coldwater Rd. in Fort Wayne.
  • 9/21/2015: 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Glenbrook Dodge, 100 West Coliseum in Fort Wayne.
  • 9/22/2015: 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., STAR Financial Bank Fort Wayne, 6230 Bluffton Rd. in Fort Wayne.
  • 9/22/2015: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Indiana Tech, 1600 E. Washington Blvd. in Fort Wayne.
  • 9/24/2015: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Hutzell Athletic Center, 2701 Spring St. (Leesburg Rd.) in Fort Wayne.
  • 9/28/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Community Center, 204 Rufus St. in New Haven.
  • 9/30/2015: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Three Rivers Federal Credit Union, 1615 Northland Blvd. in Fort Wayne.
  • 9/30/2015: 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Northeast Indiana Innovation Center, 3201 Stellhorn Rd. in Fort Wayne.


Huntington County

  • 9/16/2015: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., YMCA, 1160 W 500 N in Huntington.
  • 9/16/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Legion, 1122 N Main St. in Roanoke.


LaGrange County

  • 9/18/2015: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Wolcott Mills Elementary School, 108 E. Myers Rd. in Wolcottville.
  • 9/19/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Howe Community Building, 205 Defiance St. in Howe.


Steuben County

  • 9/29/2015: 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Hamilton High School, 903 S. Wayne St. in Hamilton.


Wells County

  • 9/27/2015: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Calvary Lutheran Church, 1532 N Main St. in Bluffton.
  • 9/28/2015: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Metaldyne, 131 W Harvest Rd. in Bluffton.


Whitley County

  • 9/16/2015: 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., South Whitley United Methodist Church, 6685 West SR 14, P O Box 386 in South Whitley.
  • 9/17/2015: 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)

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 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


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