Red Cross asks for blood donations

 

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News release from the American Red Cross of Northeast Indiana:

Red Cross asks for blood donations this spring

(April 4, 2016) — The American Red Cross encourages the community to donate blood this spring to ensure a sufficient supply for patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals across the country.

Donated blood is perishable and must constantly be replenished to keep up with hospital patient need. Red blood cells are the blood component most frequently transfused by hospitals and must be used within 42 days of donation.

Eligible donors can give red blood cells through either a regular whole blood donation or a double red cell donation, where available. During a double red cell donation, two units of red blood cells are collected while most of the plasma and platelets are returned to the donor. Double red cell donors must meet additional eligibility criteria, which will be determined at the donation appointment.

Debbie Cody-Nabors is a blood donor who gives double red cells. Her mother received transfusions twice a week during treatment for aplastic anemia. “I donate blood as often as I can in memory of my mom,” she said. “Please donate blood if you can to help save lives as you never know when you’ll be on the receiving end.”

Donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types O, A negative and B negative. Whole blood can be donated every 56 days, up to six times a year, and double red cells may be donated every 112 days, up to three times per year.

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

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Adams County

  • 4/17/2016: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., St. Mary Catholic Church, 414 Madison St., Decatur

Allen County

  • 4/16/2016: 7:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107, Fort Wayne
  • 4/16/2016: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd, Fort Wayne
  • 4/17/2016: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., St. Charles Catholic Church/School, 4910 Trier Rd, Fort Wayne
  • 4/18/2016: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd, Fort Wayne
  • 4/18/2016: 1:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107, Fort Wayne
  • 4/19/2016: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd, Fort Wayne
  • 4/19/2016: 1:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107, Fort Wayne
  • 4/20/2016: 7:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107, Fort Wayne
  • 4/20/2016: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd, Fort Wayne
  • 4/21/2016: 7:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107, Fort Wayne
  • 4/21/2016: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd, Fort Wayne
  • 4/22/2016: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd, Fort Wayne
  • 4/23/2016: 7:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107, Fort Wayne
  • 4/23/2016: 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., St. Vincent de Paul, 1720 East Wallen Road, Fort Wayne
  • 4/23/2016: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd, Fort Wayne
  • 4/25/2016: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd, Fort Wayne
  • 4/25/2016: 1:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107, Fort Wayne
  • 4/26/2016: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd, Fort Wayne
  • 4/26/2016: 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Parkview Hospital, 2200 Randallia, Fort Wayne
  • 4/26/2016: 1:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107, Fort Wayne
  • 4/27/2016: 7:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107, Fort Wayne
  • 4/27/2016: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd, Fort Wayne
  • 4/28/2016: 7:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107, Fort Wayne
  • 4/28/2016: 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Dupont Hospital, 2520 East Dupont Rd., Fort Wayne
  • 4/28/2016: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd, Fort Wayne
  • 4/29/2016: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd, Fort Wayne
  • 4/29/2016: 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Good Shepherd UMC, 4700 Vance Avenue, Fort Wayne
  • 4/30/2016: 7:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107, Fort Wayne
  • 4/30/2016: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., Covenant United Methodist Church, 10001 Coldwater Road, Fort Wayne
  • 4/30/2016: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd, Fort Wayne
  • 5/1/2016: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church, 2213 Brooklyn Ave., Fort Wayne
  • 5/2/2016: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd, Fort Wayne
  • 5/2/2016: 1:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson
  • Suite 107, Fort Wayne
  • 5/3/2016: 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Parkview Regional Medical Center, 11115 Parkview Plaza Drive, Fort Wayne
  • 5/3/2016: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd, Fort Wayne
  • 5/3/2016: 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Parkview Regional Medical Center, 11115 Parkview Plaza Drive, Fort Wayne
  • 5/3/2016: 1:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107, Fort Wayne
  • 5/4/2016: 7:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107, Fort Wayne
  • 5/4/2016: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd, Fort Wayne
  • 5/4/2016: 2:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Resurrection Lutheran Church, 14318 Lima Road, Fort Wayne
  • 5/5/2016: 7:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107, Fort Wayne
  • 5/5/2016: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd, Fort Wayne
  • 5/6/2016: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd, Fort Wayne
  • 5/7/2016: 7:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107, Fort Wayne
  • 5/7/2016: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd, Fort Wayne
  • 5/7/2016: 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Books Comics & Things, 2212 Maplecrest Road, Fort Wayne

DeKalb County

  • 4/18/2016: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Eastside High School, 603 E. Green Street, Butler
  • 5/3/2016: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 1203 East 7th St., Auburn

Huntington County

  • 4/27/2016: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., American Legion, 1122 N Main Street, Roanoke
  • 5/2/2016: 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Evangelical United Methodist Church, 1000 Flaxmill Rd., Huntington

Lagrange County

  • 4/19/2016: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Maple Grove Church, 806 S. Main St., Topeka

Noble County

  • 4/22/2016: 7 a.m. – 11 a.m., Noble REMC, 300 Weber Road, Albion
  • 4/29/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Asbury United Methodist Church, 605 East Main St., Albion
  • 5/6/2016: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Faith United Methodist Church, 411 Harding St., Kendallville
  • 5/6/2016: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Park & Recreation Center, 520 W. Union St., Ligonier
  • 5/7/2016: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., ATA Excellence Martial Arts, 111 West Rush Street, Kendallville

Steuben County

  • 4/28/2016: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Trine University, 1 University Ave., Angola
  • 4/30/2016: 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., YMCA of Steuben County, 500 Harcourt Road, Angola
  • 5/4/2016: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Helmer United Methodist Church, 7530 S SR 327, Helmer

Wells County

  • 4/30/2016: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Norwell High School, 1100 East US 224, Ossian

Whitley County

  • 4/21/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Faith Lutheran Church, 9251 E SR 205, Churubusco
  • 4/28/2016: 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 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.

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 cruzrojaamericana.org.

 

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