PORTER COUNTY | America’s blood supply is an important piece of the nation's ability to respond to disasters. By donating blood, people can help prepare for the unexpected and help ensure blood is available when and where it’s needed.
“Any disaster, man-made or natural, can result in people being injured and needing blood,” said Sharyn Whitman, CEO for the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “While people often join together to help after a disaster, it’s just as important to be organized and prepared today for when disaster strikes.”
Making an appointment to donate blood during Disaster Education and Awareness Month in July is one way to help prepare for the unexpected. Another is to talk to friends and family about the importance of giving blood. A third is to consider sponsoring or volunteering for an American Red Cross blood drive.
Every day hospitals need more than 44,000 blood donations for the care of serious diseases, accidents or trauma. And when disaster strikes, the need can be greater, depending on the severity and scope.
The Red Cross has the unique ability to move blood around the country through its National Inventory Management System, which helps meet patient need during times of disaster or shortages.
“Your blood donations through the American Red Cross help build a blood supply strong enough to meet everyday and emergency medical needs,” Whitman said. “It’s blood on the shelves today that helps save lives.”
Local blood drives include:
• 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. today at Our Lady of Sorrows in Franciscan Hall, 356 W. County Road 700 North, Valparaiso.
• 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday at St. Peter Lutheran Church in the Kitchen and Social Hall, 6540 Central Ave., Portage.
• 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the 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. Donate and be entered into a drawing for a $25 shopping spree.
• 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Horizon Gymnastics Center, 1254 Horse Prairie, Valparaiso.
• 2 to 7 p.m. June 29 at First United Methodist Church of Portage in the Fellowship Hall, 2637 McCool Road, Portage.
• 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 29 at the YMCA of Portage, 3100 Willowcreek Road, Portage. Email email@example.com to schedule an appointment.
• 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 30 at Walmart, 3400 E. Morthland Drive, Valparaiso.
• 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 1 at First Presbyterian Church in the gymnasium, 3401 N. Valparaiso St., Valparaiso.
• Noon to 6 p.m. July 2 in the cafeteria at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1700 N. Monticello Drive, Valparaiso.
• 1 to 6 p.m. July 6 at Porter Valparaiso Hospital Campus, 814 LaPorte Ave., Valparaiso.
• 1 to 7 p.m. July 9 at St. Teresa of Avila in the Catholic Student Center, 1604 Lincolnway, Valparaiso.
• 2 to 4:30 p.m. July 9 at Porter Starke Services, 701 Wall St., Valparaiso. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to an appointment.
• 2 to 8 p.m. July 10 at Franciscan Omni Health and Fitness in the Fitness Center, 810 Michael Drive, Chesterton.
• 2 to 7 p.m. July 11 at the First Christian Church in the Fellowship Hall, 1507 Glendale Blvd., Valparaiso.
• 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 11 at Opportunity Enterprises in the meeting room, 2801 Evans Ave., Valparaiso. Call (219) 464-9621, ext. 218, to schedule an appointment.
• 3 to 7 p.m. July 12 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in the foyer/SS Room, 505 Bullseye Lake Road, Valparaiso.
• 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. July 13 at City Hall, l166 Lincolnway, Valparaiso.
• 1 to 4 p.m. July 14 at Harbor SuperStores, 6100 U.S. 6, Portage. Call (219) 771-7760 to schedule an appointment.
• 8:30 to 11 a.m. July 14 at Walmart, 6087 U.S. 6, Portage.
Call (800) RED-CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org for more information.