PORTER COUNTY | You can be twice the hero to people in need this summer by donating the double red cell way through the American Red Cross.
A double red cell donation involves giving two units of red cells through an automated donation process. Donors who may be strapped for time will find the collection technology ideal since it allows you to give more of what some patients need.
“Red blood cells are the most frequently used blood component, and are needed by almost every patient who needs a blood transfusion,” said Sharyn Whitman, CEO for the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “Not a day goes by that someone, somewhere doesn’t need red blood cells for emergency or ongoing medical care.
While a donation of double red cells takes about 30 minutes longer than a whole blood donation, the waiting period between donations is 112 days versus 56 days for whole blood.
Donors who meet certain criteria may be eligible to safely donate double red cells. And blood donors with types O and B blood are frequently recruited for the automated donation process. Both blood types are in high demand, with type O being the most requested by hospitals since it can 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.
“Double red cell donations can help streamline the blood collection process, and boost the supply available to hospital patients,” said Whitman. “That’s incredibly important during the summer when supplies are in delicate balance.”
The American Red Cross offers the following blood drives in Porter County.
• Noon to 4 p.m. Thursday at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in the ranger station conference room, 1100 N. Mineral Springs Road, Porter.
• 2 to 6 p.m. Monday at Williamsburg on the Lake Apartments, 2810 Winchester Drive, Valparaiso.
• 2:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Faith Memorial Lutheran Church, 753 N. Calumet Road, Valparaiso.
• 2 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at United Methodist Church in the fellowship hall, 202 W. Church St., Hebron.
• 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at Ivy Tech Community College, 3100 Ivy Tech Drive, Valparaiso.
• 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. July 26 at First United Methodist Church of Portage in the fellowship hall, 2637 McCool Road, Portage.
• 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 28 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Chapel Hall, 638 N. Calumet Road, Chesterton.
• 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 29 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in the social hall, 6540 Central Ave., Portage.
• 3 to 7 p.m. July 30 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in The Gathering Space, 505 Bullseye Lake Road, Valparaiso.
• 2 to 7 p.m. July 31 at Duneland Falls Banquet Center, 1100 N. Max Mochal Highway, Chesterton. This blood drive is sponsored by USW 6787 Union, Chesterton.
• 1 to 6 p.m. July 31 at Arnell Motors, 241 Melton Road, Burns Harbor.
• 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 1 at the Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce, 162 W. Lincolnway, Valparaiso.
• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 3 at Washington Evangelical Free Church in the gymnasium, 3805 LaPorte Ave., Valparaiso.
• 3 to 7 p.m. Aug. 4 at Family Video, 2502 Calumet Ave., Valparaiso. Come to donate and receive a Culver's Frozen Custard coupon good for one pint of frozen custard.
• noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 5 at the First United Methodist Church in the Fellowship Hall, 103 N. Franklin, Valparaiso.
• 2 to 6 p.m. Aug. 8 at the American Legion in the Community Room, 4 E. Monroe St., Valparaiso.
• 11:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Aug. 9 at the YMCA of Portage, 3100 Willowcreek Road, Portage.
• 2 to 6 p.m. Aug. 12 at Indiana Furniture and Mattress, 1807 E. Lincolnway, Valparaiso.
• 2 to 7 p.m. Aug. 14 at the First Christian Church in the Fellowship Hall, 1507 Glendale Boulevard, Valparaiso.
• Wednesday, Aug.14, from noon until 5 p.m. at the American Legion in the Hall, 5675 Mulberry Ave., Portage.
• Thursday, Aug. 15, from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the VFW Post 2511 in the Hall, 1290 Wagner Road, Porter.
To schedule an appointment to donate, call (800) 733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org for more information.