Get started on summer: donate blood

2013-05-10T00:00:00Z Get started on summer: donate bloodTimes Staff nwitimes.com
May 10, 2013 12:00 am  • 

VALPARAISO | With summer around the corner, and the end of the school year in sight, new and eligible blood donors are urged to help strengthen the blood supply by volunteering to give in the next few weeks.

“While summer signals rest and relaxation for a lot of us, it’s also a time we can work together to ensure blood is there for hospital patients,” said Sharyn Whitman, CEO for the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross.

Low blood supplies are typical from late May through September because regular donors and their families become busy with summer fun and may neglect to donate blood. At the same time, blood needs rise as increased roadway and travel-related accidents drain supplies—particularly during high travel weekends like Memorial Day. Someone seriously injured in an automobile accident, for instance, may need up to 40 units of blood for their emergency care.

“The need for blood never takes a vacation,” said Whitman. “We’re asking all eligible donors—including students--to remember the countless adults and children in need of blood, and to make donating blood part of their summer activities.”

From May 28 to June 2, donors who give blood through the Indiana-Ohio blood services region of the American Red Cross will receive a cooler tote bag in celebration of Memorial Day.

Area blood drives:

• 2 to 6 p.m. today 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. Monday at St. Teresa of Avila in the Catholic Student Center, 1604 Lincolnway, Valparaiso.

• 3 to 7 p.m. Monday at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in the Gathering Space, 505 Bullseye Lake Road, Valparaiso.

• 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Liberty Bible Church in the gymnasium, 824 N. Calumet Ave., Chesterton.

• 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday 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. Wednesday at Heritage Lutheran Church in the Fellowship Hall, 308 Washington St., Valparaiso.

• 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Mary’s Church in the Fellowship Hall, 402 E. Indiana Ave., Kouts

• 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 18 at the Boys & Girls Club of Porter County in the small gymnasium, 354 Jefferson St., Valparaiso.

• 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 20 at Washington Township Elementary School in the gymnasium, 383 E. Ind. 2, Valparaiso. This blood drive is sponsored by Washington Township High School.

• noon to 5 p.m. May 22at the American Legion in the Hall, 5675 Mulberry Ave., Portage

• 3 to 7 p.m. May 22 at Jackson Elementary School in the Cafeteria, 811 N. County Road 400 East, Valparaiso. This is a Pint Size Heroes blood drive.

• 2 to 6 p.m. May 24 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.

• 8:30 to 11 a.m. at Union Fire & Rescue, 267 N. County Road 600 West, Valparaiso.

• 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Valparaiso Firefighters Local 1124, located at 255 Evans Ave., Valparaiso.

• 2 to 7 p.m. at The Gathering Place in the Meeting Room, 131 N. Main St., Hebron. Come to donate and receive an insulated black Red Cross tote bag.

• 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Portage in the Fellowship Hall, 2637 McCool Road in Portage. Come to donate and receive an insulated black Red Cross tote bag.

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