MERRILLVILLE | Celebrate the birth of a movement and help others in need by coming to donate blood in May.
May 8 marks World Red Cross Day, as well as the birthday of Henry Dunant, the founder of what is known today as the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
Dunant was a young Swiss businessman who advocated for the humane treatment of wartime sick and wounded. Dunant witnessed atrocities in 1859 during a bloody battle in Solferino, Italy, and organized local people to come to the aid of injured soldiers.
Upon his return to Geneva, Dunant called for the creation of national volunteer relief societies to assist during wartime. His work pointed the way to the future Geneva Conventions and the formation of Red Cross societies worldwide, including the American Red Cross.
The American Red Cross is among more than 180 Red Cross and Red Crescent societies around the world devoted to alleviating human suffering wherever it is found. The Red Cross works with partner societies in almost 200 countries which, collectively, assist more than 200 million beneficiaries each year.
Catastrophic events, like last year’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan, demonstrate the ability of the Red Cross network to provide relief during times of devastating need.
Upcoming American Red Cross blood drives in Lake County:
- 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Matthias Church Hall, 101 Burrell Drive, Crown Point.
- 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday in the cafeteria at St. John Bosco School, 7113 Columbia Ave., Hammond. Call (219) 844-9027 or go to redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code “sjbosco” to schedule a donation at this Pint Size Heroes blood drive.
- 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the classrooms at Highland Parks & Recreation Department's Lincoln Center, 2450 Lincoln St., Highland.
- 7:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 9 and 10 in the PDC Room at Hammond Area Career Center, 5727 Sohl Ave., Hammond.
- 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. May 14 at the Marian Council Knights of Columbus Hall, 13039 U.S. 41, Cedar Lake.
Additionally, 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 the first and third Saturday of each month