MERRILLVILLE | Of the 2,250 hours of summer, countless are spent vacationing, gardening or just enjoying time in the sun. By setting aside just one of those hours to donate blood through the American Red Cross,a donor can help save the lives of up to three people and give them the gift of summertime, too.
“We’re asking you to set aside one hour of your summer to give blood and help those in need,” said Sharyn Whitman, CEO for the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross.
The need for blood often increases during the summer when vacation travel and activities increase the chance of serious accidents. At the same time, the blood supply can dwindle as donors become busy overlook giving blood.
While all blood types are needed, Type O is in highest demand because it’s the only type that be transfused to patients in other blood groups such as A, B and AB. Hospitals also use Type O-negative blood in most emergency trauma cases when a patient’s blood type isn’t known.
The Red Cross is encouraging Type O donors to schedule and keep appointments, or to optimize their donation by making a double red cell donation. Donors who meet certain criteria may be eligible to safely donate two units of red cells through the automated donation process.
Upcoming American Red Cross blood drives in Lake County:
2:30 to 6:30 p.m. today at Prairie Point, 9123 Cleveland St., Merrillville. Come to donate and receive a Culver's Frozen Custard coupon good for one pint of frozen custard.
1 to 5 p.m. Friday at Midwest Services Center, LLC, 408 S. Shelby St., Hobart.
11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2519 Hall, 13140 Lake Shore Drive, Cedar Lake. This blood drive is in memory of Miranda Jackson and Dave Marine.
12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday in Building T at First Baptist Church, 484 Willow Court, Hammond. Come to donate and be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card from Best Buy.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday in the Activity Room at Dyer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 601 Sheffield Ave., Dyer. Come to donate for a chance to win one of five $1,000 American Express gift cards.
2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday at Hobart Community Center, 111 E. Old Ridge Road, Hobart.
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.