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News release from the American Red Cross:

Resolve to give blood in January for National Blood Donor Month

(December 16, 2015) – This January, during National Blood Donor Month, the American Red Cross encourages people to roll up their sleeves to give blood to help maintain a sufficient blood supply for patients.

Since 1970, National Blood Donor Month has been observed in January to not only honor blood and platelet donors, but also to help increase donations during the winter months. Maintaining a sufficient blood supply for patients is difficult at this time of year because extreme winter weather and seasonal illnesses often impact donor turnout.

Karla Essmiller became a blood donor in college, but the importance of giving blood hit home when several family members had medical emergencies. “It only takes once sitting in a hospital, praying that your loved one will live through the day, to know how thankful you are for every single thing done to help them,” she said. “Donating blood is a simple gift that I can make that may help up to three people live another day. That makes me feel like a hero.”

The Red Cross encourages eligible donors to resolve to give blood regularly, beginning in January. Donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types AB, O, B negative and A negative. To encourage donations, all those who come to donate Jan. 1-3, 2016, will get a long-sleeve Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

To make an appointment to donate blood, download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App from app stores, visit redcross.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities

 

Adams County

  • 12/22/2015: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., South Adams Senior Center, 825 Hendrick St., Berne
  • 12/19/2015: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Adams Memorial Hospital, 1100 Mercer Avenue, Decatur
  • 1/10/2016: 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., St. Mary Catholic Church, 414 Madison St., Decatur

 

Allen County

  • 12/29/2015: 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., Dupont Hospital, 2520 East Dupont Rd., Fort Wayne
  • 12/29/2015: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., Kohls Apple Glen, 1410 Apple Glen Blvd, Fort Wayne
  • 1/2/2016: 7:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107, Fort Wayne
  • 1/2/2016: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd, Fort Wayne
  • 1/3/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church, 2213 Brooklyn Ave., Fort Wayne
  • 1/4/2016: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd, Fort Wayne
  • 1/4/2016: 1:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107, Fort Wayne
  • 1/5/2016: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Parkview Hospital, 2200 Randallia, Fort Wayne
  • 1/5/2016: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd, Fort Wayne
  • 1/5/2016: 1:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107, Fort Wayne
  • 1/6/2016: 7:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107, Fort Wayne
  • 1/6/2016: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd, Fort Wayne
  • 1/7/2016: 7:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107, Fort Wayne
  • 1/7/2016: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd, Fort Wayne
  • 1/7/2016: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Precious Blood Catholic Church, 1515 Barthold Street, Fort Wayne
  • 1/8/2016: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd, Fort Wayne
  • 1/8/2016: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Three Rivers Federal Credit Union, 1615 Northland Blvd., Fort Wayne
  • 1/9/2016: 7:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107, Fort Wayne
  • 1/9/2016: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., Covenant United Methodist Church, 10001 Coldwater Road, Fort Wayne
  • 1/9/2016: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd, Fort Wayne
  • 1/10/2016: 4 p.m. – 8 p.m., Central Ministries, 5801 Schwartz Road, Fort Wayne
  • 1/11/2016: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd, Fort Wayne
  • 1/11/2016: 1:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107, Fort Wayne
  • 1/11/2016: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., Grabill Missionary Church, 13637 State St., Grabill
  • 1/12/2016: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd, Fort Wayne
  • 1/12/2016: 1:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107, Fort Wayne
  • 1/13/2016: 7:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107, Fort Wayne
  • 1/13/2016: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd, Fort Wayne
  • 1/14/2016: 7:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107, Fort Wayne
  • 1/14/2016: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., International Business College, 5699 Coventry Lane, Fort Wayne
  • 1/14/2016: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd, Fort Wayne
  • 1/15/2016: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd, Fort Wayne
  • 1/16/2016: 7:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107, Fort Wayne
  • 1/16/2016: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd, Fort Wayne

 

DeKalb County

  • 12/27/2015: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., St. Michael The Archangel Parish, 1098 County Road 39, Waterloo
  • 12/29/2015: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Heimach Senior Activity Center, 1800 E. Seventh St, Auburn
  • 1/5/2016: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 1203 East 7th St., Auburn
  • 1/12/2016: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., New Hope Christian Center, 900 South Wayne, Waterloo

 

Huntington County

  • 12/29/2015: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Huntington County Courthouse, 201 North Jefferson Street
  • 1/4/2016: 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Evangelical United Methodist Church, 1000 Flaxmill Rd., Huntington
  • 1/6/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Legion, 1122 N Main Street, Roanoke

 

Lagrange County

  • 12/28/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., E & S Sales, 1265 N State Road 5, Shipshewana

 

Noble County

  • 12/28/2015: 12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m., Kendallville Public Library, 221 S Park Avenue, Kendallville
  • 1/8/2016: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Faith United Methodist Church, 411 Harding St., Kendallville
  • 1/8/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Asbury United Methodist Church, 605 East Main St., Albion
  • 1/8/2016: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Park & Recreation Center, 520 W. Union St., Ligonier
  • 1/12/2016: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., North Side Elementary School, 302 E. Harding Street, Kendallville

 

Steuben County

  • 1/6/2016: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Helmer United Methodist Church, 7530 S SR 327, Helmer
  • 1/8/2016: 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Fremont Community Church, 601 N. Coldwater Street, Fremont
  • 1/11/2016: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Fairview Missionary Church, 525 E 200 N, Angola
  • 1/14/2016: 12:30 p.m. – 5 p.m., Hamilton United Methodist Church, 7780 South Wayne Street, Hamilton

 

Wells County

  • 12/28/2015: 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., New Hope Lutheran Church, 8824 North SR 1, Ossian

 

Whitley County

  • 12/31/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Faith Lutheran Church, 9251 E SR 205, Churubusco
  • 1/7/2016: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., United Methodist Church, 605 North Forest Parkway, Columbia City

 

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.

Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

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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