MERRILLVILLE | The holidays bring families and friends together to share and celebrate.
But for families dealing with a cancer diagnosis or other major illness, the holidays can be difficult.
The American Red Cross’ Give Something that Means Something winter campaign runs through Jan. 6 and encourages eligible donors to give something meaningful this holiday season by donating blood or platelets for hospital patients in need.
“Historically, during the winter months of November, December and January, fewer donors make the time to give blood due to competing seasonal activities, celebrations and holiday shopping,” said Sharyn Whitman, CEO of the Red Cross Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region.
“By doing something that doesn’t cost a thing, you can give an amazing gift — you can offer hope to a patient in need.”
Blood donations can help fathers like Larry, whose premature twins needed blood to survive. Thanks to the Red Cross, it was there. Larry has been a blood donor for more than 20 years and every time he donates, he’s reminded of the opportunity he has to give something that means something.
Blood donors are encouraged to invite a loved one to follow in their footsteps and donate blood this holiday season. Visit http://rcblood.org/HolidayPostcard to upload a picture of a Red Cross blood donation and send a postcard to a loved one. For more information or to make an appointment to give blood or platelets, visit redcrossblood.org or call (800) 733-2767.
Upcoming Lake County blood donation opportunities:
- 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Temple Beth-El Sanctuary, 10001 Columbia Ave., Munster.
- 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Highland parks' Lincoln Center, Classrooms 108 and 109, 2450 Lincoln St., Highland.
- 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Parish Life Center at Holy Spirit Church, 7667 E. 109th Ave., Crown Point.
- 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Matthias Church Hall, 101 Burrell Drive, Crown Point.
- 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in the Student Union Library Conference Room at Purdue University Calumet, 2200 169th St., Hammond.
- 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Lowell Public Library, 1505 E. Commercial Ave., Lowell.
- 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at the First Presbyterian Church Hall, 218 S. Court St., Crown Point.
- 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 9 at the VFW Post 717 Hall, 10400 W. 93rd Ave., St. John.
- 2 to 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at MacArthur Elementary School's gymnasium, 12900 Fairbanks St., Cedar Lake. This is a Pint Size Heroes blood drive.
The Merrillville Donor Center, 791 E. 83rd Ave., is open from 12:30 to 5 p.m. every Monday and from 8 a.m. until noon on the first and third Saturday of each month.