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MERRILLVILLE | Summer is a difficult time to collect enough blood to meet patient needs. Nearly 90 percent of donors surveyed this spring said they planned to take a vacation this summer, making them less available to give. Also, many schools that host blood drives are out of session.

Donors of all blood types – especially types O negative, A negative and B negative – are needed. The American Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood donations every day to meet the needs of patients at 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.

For an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call (800) 733-2767.

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Upcoming blood drives in Lake and Jasper counties:

  • 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., today at First Presbyterian Church, 218 S. Court St., Crown Point
  • 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. today for Indiana Fallen Officer Blood Drive, Munster Community Park, 8601 Calumet Ave.
  • 1 to 6 p.m. Monday at St. John Township Community Center, 1515 U.S. 30, Schererville
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Ivy Tech Community College, 1440 E. 35th Ave., Gary
  • 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Purdue University Calumet Student Union-Library, 2200 169th St., Hammond
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Cracker Barrel, 6200 Opportunity Lane, Merrillville
  • 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Holy Spirit Church, 7667 E. 109th Ave., Crown Point.
  • 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Keener Township Emergency Services, 321 15th St. SE,  DeMotte
  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 250 S. Indiana Ave., Crown Point
  • 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, St. Joan of Arc Church, 200 E. 78th Ave., Merrillville
  • 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Pathway Church Office, 11101 W. 97th Lane, St. John
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 22, Aperion Care, 10352 N. 600 East, DeMotte
  • 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. June 22, Hobart Community Center, 111 E. Old Ridge Road
  • 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. June 23, Crown Point Community Library, 122 N. Main St.
  • Noon to 5 p.m. June 24, at Knights of Columbus, 1120 119th St., Whiting
  • 9 to 11:30 a.m. June 25, East Chicago Mayor's Office, 4525 Indianapolis Blvd.
  • 1:30 to 4 p.m. June 25, East Chicago Public Safety Facility, 2301 E. Columbus Drive
  • 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. June 25, Wicker Memorial Park, 8554 Indianapolis Blvd., Highland
  • 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 27 at Indiana Fallen Officer Blood Drive, Grace Fellowship Church, 1424 Eighth St. SE, DeMotte
  • 2 to 6 p.m. June 29 at Anytime Fitness, 1334 15th St., DeMotte

The Merrillville Donor Center at 791 E. 83rd Ave. is open every Monday from noon to 5 p.m. and the first and third Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. to noon.

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