PORTER COUNTY | May 8 marks World Red Cross Day, as well as the birthday of Henry Dunant, the founder of what is known today as the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
Dunant was a young Swiss businessman who advocated for humane treatment of wartime sick and wounded. Dunant witnessed atrocities in 1859 during a bloody battle in Solferino, Italy, and organized local people to come to the aid of injured soldiers.
Upon his return to Geneva, Dunant called for creating national volunteer relief societies to assist during wartime. His work pointed the way to the future Geneva Conventions, and the formation of Red Cross societies worldwide, including the American Red Cross.
“We encourage everyone to help continue his legacy and help people in need, wherever they are,” said Sharyn Whitman, CEO for the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “Coming to donate blood to help hospital patients who need it for surgeries, cancer care, or to treat life-threatening accidents is one way you can help.”
The American Red Cross is among more than 180 Red Cross and Red Crescent societies around the world devoted to alleviating human suffering wherever it is found. The Red Cross works with partner societies in almost 200 countries which collectively assist more than 200 million beneficiaries each year. Catastrophic events, like last year’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan, demonstrate the ability of the Red Cross network to provide relief during times of devastating need.
Upcoming blood drives include:
• 2 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Porter Starke Services, 701 Wall St., Valparaiso.
• 9:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday at Purdue North Central Porter County, 600 Vale Park Road, Valparaiso.
• 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Fellowship Hall at First Christian Church, 1507 Glendale Blvd., Valparaiso.
• 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday in the gymnasium foyer at Kouts High School, 302 E. College Ave. Come to donate at this Pint Size Heroes blood drive and receive a T-shirt.
• 3:45 to 7:45 p.m. Wednesday at Cooks Corners Elementary School, 358 Bullseye Lake Road, Valparaiso. This is a Pint Size Heroes blood drive.
• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Smile Brightly, 6080 Lute Road, Portage.
• 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 29 at Portage Christian School, 3040 Arlene St., Portage. Come to donate and receive a T-shirt.
• 3 to 7 p.m. April 30 in the gymnasium at the Boys & Girls Club of Porter County, 5895 Evergreen, Portage.
• 1 to 6 p.m. May 1 at the YMCA, 1201 Cumberland Crossing Drive, in Valparaiso.
• Noon to 6 p.m. May 2 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in the meeting hall, 106 E. County Road 1100 North, Chesterton.
• 8:30 to 11 a.m. May 3 at Rittenhouse Senior Living, 1300 Vale Park Road, Valparaiso.
• 1 to 4 p.m. May 3 at Porter Regional Hospital, 85 East U.S. 6, Valparaiso.
• 2 to 6 p.m. May 4 at Family Video, 2302 Calumet Ave., Valparaiso. Come to donate and receive a Culver's Frozen Custard coupon good for one pint of frozen custard.
• 8 a.m. to noon May 5 at Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department, 380 E. Ind. 2, Valparaiso.
• Noon to 6 p.m. May 6 at Calvary Church in The Well, 1325 E. Evans, Valparaiso.
• 2 to 8 p.m. May 7 at Franciscan Omni Health & Fitness in the Fitness Center, 810 Michael Drive, Chesterton.
• 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. May 9 at Midwest Eye Consultants, 374 Indian Boundary Road, Chesterton.
• 2 to 6 p.m. May 10 at First State Bank of Porter,230 Lincoln St., Porter. This blood drive is held in honor of Charles Hughes.
• 1 to 7 p.m. May 13 at St. Teresa of Avila in the Catholic Student Center, 1604 Lincolnway, Valparaiso.
• 3 to 7 p.m. May 13 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in the Gathering Space, 505 Bullseye Lake Road, Valparaiso.
• 2 to 7 p.m. May 14 at Liberty Bible Church in the gymnasium, 824 N. Calumet Ave., Chesterton.
• 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 14 at Porter Lakes Elementary School in the Cafeteria, 208 S. County Road 725 West, Hebron. This is a Pint Size Heroes blood drive.
• 4 to 7 p.m. May 15 at Heritage Lutheran Church in the Fellowship Hall, 308 Washington St., Valparaiso.
To schedule an appointment to donate, call (800) 733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org for more information.