Summer blood donations encouraged to keep pace with blood needs

2013-07-28T00:00:00Z Summer blood donations encouraged to keep pace with blood needsTimes Staff nwitimes.com
July 28, 2013 12:00 am  • 

PORTER COUNTY | While thousands of people have responded to the recent emergency call for blood and platelet donations from the American Red Cross, there remains an urgent need for platelet donors, as well as donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood. Right now blood products are being distributed to area hospitals almost as quickly as donations are coming in.

“We are grateful to the donors who have rolled up a sleeve to give blood or platelets to the Red Cross in the last couple of weeks, but our work is not over,” said Karen Kelley, Communications Director for the Indiana-Ohio Red Cross Blood Services Region. “The need for blood is constant. As July comes to a close and August begins, we ask eligible donors to please give blood or platelets as soon as possible.”

The Red Cross issued an emergency call for blood donations on July 9 after seeing about 50,000 fewer blood and platelet donations than expected in June. Donations have increased by about 15 percent since the emergency call for donors was issued, but the middle and end of July mark only the halfway point to the challenging summer months.

“The summer is historically one of the most difficult times of the year for blood and platelet donations,” said Kelley. “Many donors are still enjoying summer activities, but patients are unable to take a vacation from needing lifesaving transfusions.”

Eligible donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially encouraged to give double red cells where available. Type O negative blood is the universal blood type and can be transfused to anyone who needs blood. Types A negative and B negative blood can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients.

To schedule an appointment to donate, call (800) 733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org for more information.

• 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Chapel Hall, 638 N. Calumet Road, Chesterton.

• 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday at St. Peter Lutheran Church in the social hall, 6540 Central Ave., Portage.

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

• 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday 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. Wednesday at Arnell Motors, 241 Melton Road, Burns Harbor.

• 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce, 162 W. Lincolnway, Valparaiso.

• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday 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 Blvd., Valparaiso.

• Noon to 5 p.m. Aug. 14 at the American Legion Hall, 5675 Mulberry Ave., Portage.

• 1 to 5 p.m. Aug. 15 at VFW Post 2511 Hall, 1290 Wagner Road, Porter.

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