MERRILLVILLE | The American Red Cross encourages eligible blood donors to make a difference in the lives of patients this spring by giving blood.

Eligible donors can give red cells through either a regular whole blood donation or a double red cell donation, where available. Double red cell donations yield twice the usual amount of red cells in a single appointment and are accepted at select donation locations. Double red cell donors must meet additional eligibility criteria, which will be determined at the donation appointment.

Donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative. Whole blood can be donated every 56 days, and double red cells may be donated every 112 days, up to three times per year.

To find a donation opportunity or make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call (800) 733-2767.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Lake and Jasper counties:

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at American Legion Post 279, 6601 Old Hobart Road, Gary

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at St. Andrew the Apostle Church, 801 W. 73rd Ave., Merrillville

8 a.m. to noon Sunday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 8601 Harrison St., Munster

1 to 6 p.m. Monday at St. John Township Community Center, 1515 U.S. 30, Schererville

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2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at First Christian Reformed Church, 909 E. Greenwood Ave., Crown Point

1 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Monsanto, 15849 S. U.S.  231, Remington

8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 24 at Illinois Central Bus Company, 7301 Melton Road, Gary

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 27 at Aperion Care, 10352 N. 600 East, DeMotte

2 to 7 p.m. April 27 at MacArthur Elementary School, 12900 Fairbanks St., Cedar Lake

2:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 27 at Hobart Community Center, 111 E Old Ridge Road, Hobart

1 to 6 p.m. April 29 at Lowell Middle School, 19250 Cline Ave., Lowell

Also, the Merrillville Donor Center, 791 E. 83rd Ave., is open  from 12:30 to 5 p.m. every Monday and from 8 a.m. to noon the first and third Saturday of each month.

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