American Red Cross seeks blood donors to help meet holiday need

2013-11-07T00:00:00Z American Red Cross seeks blood donors to help meet holiday needTimes Staff nwitimes.com
November 07, 2013 12:00 am  • 

MERRILLVILLE | Honor a uniquely American holiday by giving something that’s uniquely you.

 By donating blood this Thanksgiving, donors help ensure that blood is available for patients in need, and honor the spirit of giving that surrounds the start of the holiday season.

Every day, patients across the U.S. need more than 44,000 units of blood to treat emergency and ongoing medical conditions. Patients depend on blood for cancer treatments, scheduled surgeries, emergency or accident care, as well as ongoing needs related to serious diseases like sickle cell.

While all blood types are needed, the demand for type O blood is great since type O can be transfused to patients with other blood types like A, B and AB. While type O positive can be transfused to patients with any positive blood type, type O negative can be transfused to anyone with any blood type, making it the type most needed in emergencies when a patient’s blood type isn’t known.

Upcoming American Red Cross blood drives in Lake County:

  • 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. today at St. Matthias Church Hall, located, 101 Burrell Drive, Crown Point.
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Fuel Fitness, 1516 N. Main St., Crown Point.
  • 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Knights of Columbus, Hall, 13039 U.S. 41, Cedar Lake.
  • 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Jean Shepherd Community Center, Café A & B, 3031 Mahoney Drive, Hammond.

Also, the Merrillville Donor Center at 791 E. 83rd Ave. is open from 12:30 to 5 p.m. every Monday and from 8 a.m. until noon first and third Saturday of each month.

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