Red Cross celebrates National Blood Donor Month

2013-01-16T00:00:00Z Red Cross celebrates National Blood Donor MonthBy Times Staff nwitimes.com
January 16, 2013 12:00 am  • 

MERRILLVILLE | January is National Blood Donor Month, a time when the American Red Cross recognizes the millions of dedicated blood and platelet donors across the U.S. for helping to ensure a stable blood supply for patients in need both locally and across the country.

“Every day in our country, approximately 44,000 units of blood are needed in hospitals to help treat trauma victims, surgery patients, organ transplant patients, premature babies and patients receiving treatment for cancer and other diseases,” said Sharyn Whitman, CEO of the Red Cross Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region. “As the new year begins, it is the perfect time to honor donors for their commitment to helping save lives through the simple act of giving blood and platelets throughout the year.”

January can be a challenging month for blood and platelet donations because of inclement weather and seasonal illnesses, yet the need for blood and platelets continues. It is important for eligible donors to make and keep appointments to help patients in need.

All blood types are needed to ensure an adequate blood supply. Donors with type O negative, O positive, A negative or B negative blood are especially encouraged to give.

Upcoming Lake County blood donation opportunities:

  • 2 to 7 p.m. today in the MacArthur Elementary School gymnasium, 12900 Fairbanks St., Cedar Lake. This blood drive is sponsored by the Pint Size Heroes of MacArthur Elementary School. Call (219) 662-3600 for more information.
  • 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Indiana Botanic Gardens, 3401 W. 37th Ave., Hobart. Call (219) 947-4040 to schedule a blood donation appointment.
  • 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday at Advance Auto Parts, 7872 E. Ridge Road, Hobart. Come to donate and receive a coupon for 10 percent off a purchase at Advance Auto Parts Hobart store.
  • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Field House Concourse at Griffith High School, 600 N. Wiggs St., Griffith. This blood drive is held in memory of Adler Bryce Shelbourne. Call (219) 947-5233 to schedule an appointment.
  • 1 to 6 p.m. Monday at the St. John Township Community Center, 1515 U.S. 30, Schererville. Come to donate and receive a coupon for a free doughnut from Dunkin’ Donuts. Go to redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code “stjtcommc” to schedule an appointment.
  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Athletic Building Gymnasium at Calumet College of St. Joseph, 2400 New York, Whiting. Come to donate and be entered into a drawing for a $25 shopping spree. Go to redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code “CCSJ” or call (219) 473-4323 to schedule an appointment. This blood drive is sponsored by Crimson Wave Athletics Department.
  • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 26 in the Mural Room at St. John the Baptist Church, 1844 Lincoln Ave., Whiting. Call (219) 659-8440 to schedule an appointment. This is a Power in the Blood interfaith initiative which aims to bring together groups of all beliefs to help the community maintain the supply of donated blood.
  • 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 28 in the gymnasium at St. Bridget School, 107 Main St., Hobart. Come to donate and receive a coupon for a free doughnut from Dunkin’ Donuts. Go to redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code “stbsch” to schedule an appointment. Sponsored by St. Bridget Church and the St. Thomas Council 1347 Knights of Columbus, this Power in the Blood interfaith initiative aims to bring together groups of all beliefs to help the community maintain the supply of donated blood.
  • 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 28 in the Moraine Student Center at Indiana University Northwest, 3400 Broadway, Gary. Come to donate and be entered into a drawing for a $50 shopping spree. Go to redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code “iun” to schedule an appointment. This blood drive is sponsored by the IU Student Alumni Association.
  • 2 to 7 p.m. Jan. 30 in Café A and B at Jean Shepherd Community Center, 3031 Mahoney Drive, Hammond. Go to redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code “jscommc” to schedule an appointment.

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.

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