PORTER COUNTY | As the snow melts and spring rains bring fresh flowers, green grass, and warmer weather, the American Red Cross encourages area residents to be a part of change, too.
Spring is about rejuvenation and research studies show that the increase in temperature is a major mood booster.
“The need for blood remains constant, especially as the weather becomes warmer,” said Tracy Duncan Fox, spokesperson for the American Red Cross Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region.
Area blood drives:
• 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 1 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in the kitchen and social hall, 6540 Central Ave., Portage.
• 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. April 1 at the Eagles Lodge in the social hall, 805 Elm St., Valparaiso.
• 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. April 2 at the United Methodist Church in the fellowship hall, 202 W. Church St., Hebron.
• 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. April 5 at the First United Methodist Church of Portage in the fellowship hall, 2637 McCool Road, Portage.
• 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 5 at Valparaiso High School in the field house lobby, 2727 North Campbell St., Valparaiso.
• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 5 at Washington Evangelical Free Church in the gymnasium, 3805 LaPorte Ave., Valparaiso.
• 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. April 8 at Crisman Elementary School in the gym, 6161 Old Porter Road, Portage. This is a Pint Size Hero blood drive.
• 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 9 at Morgan Township High School, 299 S. Ind. 49, Valparaiso. Come to donate and receive a T-shirt at this Pint Size Hero blood drive.
• 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 12 at Wheeler High School in the gym, 587 W. County Road 300 North, Valparaiso. Come to donate and receive a T-shirt and a coupon for a free pint of frozen custard courtesy of Culver’s Frozen Custard.
• 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. April 15 at Boone Grove Elementary in the gym, 325 W. County Road 550 South, Boone Grove. This is a Pint Size Hero blood drive.
To schedule an appointment to donate, call (800) 733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org for more information.