PORTER COUNTY | Inside the hospitals served by the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross, blood needs are constant for patients diagnosed with cancer and other serious illnesses; victims of automobile and other accidents; infants born prematurely; and many others.
Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs a blood transfusion. However, the average blood donor in the 52-county service area donates blood an average of only 1.6 times each year, although many individuals can donate blood as often as every 56 days.
“We need strong turnout from donors during the fall both to replenish blood supplies depleted during summer vacation season and boost supplies before the upcoming holiday season,” said Sharyn Whitman, CEO of the Indiana-Ohio Region.
“The blood products on the shelves today are what help save lives in an emergency. Blood and platelets can come only from generous volunteer donors,” she said. “Blood is a perishable product. Red blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days and platelets just five days, so they must be replenished constantly — there simply is no substitute.”
Whitman added that donors of all blood types are currently needed to donate blood, adding that all blood types are currently in great demand.
Come to donate in October and be entered to win a $200 Visa gift card, courtesy of Suburban Propane.
Upcoming Red Cross blood drives include:
• 12:30 to 6 p.m. Monday at the Eagles Lodge in the Social Hall, 805 Elm St., Valparaiso.
• 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 15 at Valparaiso University School of Law, 656 Greenwich St., Valparaiso. Come to donate and receive a coupon for one free taco courtesy of Taco Bell.
• 2 to 7 p.m. Oct. 16, from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. at First Christian Church in the Fellowship Hall, 1507 Glendale Blvd., Valparaiso.
• noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 17 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in the Meeting Hall, 106 E. County Road 1100 North, Chesterton.
• 2 to 8 p.m. Oct. 22 at Franciscan Omni Health & Fitness in the fitness Center, 810 Michael Drive, Chesterton.
• 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Boys & Girls Club of Porter County in the Small Gymnasium, located at 723 Long Run Road, Valparaiso.
• 3 to 7 p.m. Oct. 27 at Real Life Community Church, located at 3134 Swanson Road, Portage.
• 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at the United Methodist Church in Terry Rhine Hall, 434 S. Second St., Chesterton.
• 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at Chicago Street Theatre, 154 W. Chicago St., Valparaiso.
• 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 29 at Washington Township Elementary School in the gymnasium, located at 383 E. Ind. 2, Valparaiso. This is a Pint Size Heroes blood drive.
• 2 to 6 p.m. Oct. 30 at the YMCA, 1201 Cumberland Crossing Drive, Valparaiso.
• 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at Bailly Elementary School in the gymnasium, 800 S. Fifth St., Chesterton. This is a Pint Size Heroes blood drive.
• 2 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31 at Hopewell Mennonite Church in the Meeting Hall, 805 N. Main St., Kouts.
To schedule an appointment to donate, call (800) 733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org for more information.