Make giving blood with the Red Cross a lifesaving habit in 2016

 

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News release from the American Red Cross:

Make giving blood with the Red Cross a lifesaving habit in 2016

(January 6, 2016) – The American Red Cross encourages the community to make a lifesaving commitment to donate blood to help ensure a sufficient blood supply in the new year, beginning in January with National Blood Donor Month.

Britton Lund made her first blood donation as a high school student. Though it was easy and she knew her type O negative blood was in high demand, she only gave sporadically over the next 10 years. Then, her sister was diagnosed with brain cancer, motivating Lund to become a regular donor. “I will continue to give until they tell me I can’t anymore,” she said. “It is a quick, easy way to make a difference.”

National Blood Donor Month highlights the importance of volunteer blood and platelet donors like Lund and their impact on patient healthcare. National Blood Donor Month has been observed in January since 1970 with the goal of increasing blood and platelet donations during winter – one of the most difficult times of year to collect enough blood products to meet patient needs. Severe winter weather may result in canceled blood drives, and seasonal illnesses, like the flu, can cause donors to be temporarily unable to give.

Blood donors of all types are needed to maintain a sufficient supply. Eligible donors with types O, B negative and A negative blood are encouraged to donate double red cells where available. During a double red cell donation, two units of red cells are collected while most of the plasma and platelets are returned to the donor.

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

  • 1/18/2016: 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 1010 W. Monroe Street, Decatur
  • 1/25/2016: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., Lehman Park Pavilion, 667 Lehman St, Berne

 

Allen County

  • 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
  • 1/18/2016: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd, Fort Wayne
  • 1/18/2016: 1:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107, Fort Wayne
  • 1/18/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., United Methodist Church, 630 Lincoln Hwy. East, New Haven
  • 1/19/2016: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., Edwin J Rousseau Centre, 1 East Main Street, Fort Wayne
  • 1/19/2016: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Citizens Square, 200 East Berry, Fort Wayne
  • 1/19/2016: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd, Fort Wayne
  • 1/19/2016: 1:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107, Fort Wayne
  • 1/20/2016: 7:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107, Fort Wayne
  • 1/20/2016: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd, Fort Wayne
  • 1/21/2016: 7:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107, Fort Wayne
  • 1/21/2016: 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., MedTech College Fort Wayne, 7230 Engle Road Suite 200, Fort Wayne
  • 1/21/2016: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd, Fort Wayne
  • 1/21/2016: 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Main Campus, 3800 North Anthony Blvd, Fort Wayne
  • 1/22/2016: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd, Fort Wayne
  • 1/23/2016: 7:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107, Fort Wayne
  • 1/23/2016: 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., St. Vincent de Paul, 1720 East Wallen Road, Fort Wayne
  • 1/23/2016: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd, Fort Wayne
  • 1/25/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Science Building, 2101 E Coliseum Blvd, Fort Wayne
  • 1/25/2016: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd, Fort Wayne
  • 1/25/2016: 1:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107, Fort Wayne
  • 1/25/2016: 3:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., Cedarville Elementary School, 12225 Hardisty Road, Fort Wayne
  • 1/26/2016: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd, Fort Wayne
  • 1/26/2016: 1:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107, Fort Wayne
  • 1/27/2016: 7:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107, Fort Wayne
  • 1/27/2016: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd, Fort Wayne
  • 1/28/2016: 7:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107, Fort Wayne
  • 1/28/2016: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd, Fort Wayne
  • 1/29/2016: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd, Fort Wayne
  • 1/30/2016: 7 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 3425 Crescent Avenue, Fort Wayne
  • 1/30/2016: 7:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107, Fort Wayne
  • 1/30/2016: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd, Fort Wayne

 

DeKalb County

  • 1/26/2016: 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., American Legion Garrett, 515 W. 5th Ave, Garrett

 

Huntington County

  • 1/24/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Huntington National Guard Armory, 800 Zahn Street, Huntington
  • 1/29/2016: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Parkview Huntington Hospital, 2001 Stults Rd, Huntington

 

Noble County

  • 1/18/2016: 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Lutheran Life Villages, 351 N. Allen Chapel Road, Kendallville
  • 1/20/2016: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., Hendrickson, 101 South Progress Drive West, Kendallville
  • 1/25/2016: 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Grace Christian Church, 126 E. Mitchell Street, Kendallville

 

Steuben County

  • 1/28/2016: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Trine University, 1 University Ave., Angola

 

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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

 

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