Extreme weather forced the cancellation of about 280 blood drives across 25 states, leading to a shortfall of nearly 8,400 blood and platelet donations since Jan. 2, according to the American Red Cross.
The organization is calling on people to donate, to help meet the need. There is an especially urgent need for platelet donors and blood donors with types O, A negative and B blood.
In northern Indiana, more than 30 Red Cross blood drives were canceled, the organization stated.
“It’s the blood products already on the shelves that help save lives when severe weather hits,” said Sharyn Whitman, CEO of the Red Cross Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region. “Thanks to generous Red Cross blood and platelet donors, blood products were available for patients who still needed transfusions despite the weather. Now we invite those previously ‘frozen out’ from giving blood or platelets to come in soon.”
The following is a list of upcoming donation opportunities:
- 9-11:30 a.m. Jan. 18 at Charter Fitness, 1642 U.S. 41, Schererville
- 1:30-4 p.m. Jan. 18 at Charter Fitness, 8560 E. Ridge Road, Hobart
- 1-6 p.m. Jan. 20 at St. John Township Community Center, 1515 Lincoln Highway, Schererville
- 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at Indiana Botanic Gardens, 3401 W. 37th Ave., Hobart
- 2:30-5:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at Henry S. Evans Elementary School, 2915 E. 35th Ave., Lake Station
- 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 25 at St. John the Baptist, 1844 Lincoln Ave., Whiting
- 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 25 at Adler Strong in the field house concourse, 600 N. Wiggs St., Griffith
- 12:30-6:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at St. Bridget gym, 107 Main St., Hobart
- 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 29 at Indiana University Northwest, 3400 Broadway;
- Merrillville donor center, 791 E. 83rd Ave., Merrillville, is open every Monday from 12:30-5 p.m. and from 8 a.m.-noon the first and third Saturday of each month.