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Red Cross urgently needs blood donations before summer ends

Red Cross urgently needs blood donations before summer ends

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An American Red Cross worker prepares a shipment of blood.

With many regular donors delaying giving to take final summer vacations and prepare for school to start, the American Red Cross continues to have an emergency need for blood and platelet donations to help end a summer blood shortage.

While thousands of donors have rolled up a sleeve this summer, blood and platelet donations aren’t keeping pace with patient needs. More donations are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply and be prepared for patient emergencies.

Make an appointment to donate blood now by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to give again. Blood can be safely given every 56 days, and Power Red donations can be given every 112 days.

With the help of a $1 million donation from Amazon, the Red Cross is thanking those who help overcome the shortage by coming to give through Aug. 29 with a $5 Gift Card via email. (Restrictions apply; see More information and details are available at

Upcoming blood donation opportunities include:

Jasper County


Aug. 29: 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Kankakee Valley High School, 3923 Ind. 10.

Aug. 31: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wheatfield Library, 350 S. Bierma St.

La Porte County


Aug. 26: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Laporte Hospital, 1007 W. Lincolnway

Michigan City

Aug. 21: 2-6 p.m., St. Stanislaus, 1506 Washington St.

Aug. 22: 3-7 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran, 1237 E. Coolspring Ave.

Aug. 23: 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Palko Services, 4991 W. US  20

Aug. 28: 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Michigan City Fire Training Center, 2510 E. Michigan Blvd.

Aug. 29: 7:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., A.K. Smith Career Center, 817 Lafayette St.

Lake County


Aug. 22: 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Griffith First Christian Church, 202 W. Pine St.


Aug. 24: 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Cabela's, 7700 Cabela Drive

Aug. 25: 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 484 Oakley Ave., Building T

Aug. 27: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hammond Police Department, 509 E. Douglas St.


Aug. 23: 1-7 p.m., Illiana Islamic Association, 9606 Spring St.


Aug. 17: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hobart Family YMCA, 601 W. 40th Place

Aug. 26: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Miller's Merry Manor, 2901 W. 37th Ave.

Aug. 26: 2:30-6:30 p.m., Hobart Community Center, 111 E. Old Ridge Road

Aug. 28: 2-7 p.m., Hobart High School, 2211 E. 10th St.


Aug. 29: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Cedar Creek Health Campus, 18275 Burr St.


Aug. 14: 1:30-6:30 p.m., Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, 7950 Marshall St.

Aug. 15: Noon to 5 p.m., Anytime Fitness Merrillvile East, 4831 E. Lincoln Hwy.

Aug. 16: 2-7 p.m., Stardust Bowl II, 3925 E. Lincoln Hwy.

Aug. 17: 8 a.m. to noon, Merrillville Blood Donation Center, 791 E. 83rd Ave.

Aug. 18: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Our Lady of Consolation, 8303 Taft St.

Aug. 19: Noon to 5 p.m., Merrillville Blood Donation Center, 791 E. 83rd Ave.

Aug. 26: Noon to 5 p.m., Merrillville Blood Donation Center, 791 E. 83rd Ave.

Aug. 29: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Centier Bank, 600 E. 84th Ave.


Aug. 19: 2:30-7:30 p.m., St. John Township Community Center, 1515 Lincoln Hwy.


Aug. 27: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Whiting High School, 1751 Oliver St.

Porter County


Aug. 26: 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., St. Peter Lutheran Church, 6540 Central Ave.


Aug. 14: 1-6 p.m., YMCA Valparaiso, 1201 Cumberland Crossing Drive

Aug. 14: 1:30-6:30 p.m., First Christian Church, 1507 Glendale Blvd.

Aug. 16: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Calvary Church, 1325 E. Evans

Aug. 20: 12:30-5:30 p.m., Eagles Lodge, 805 Elm St.

Aug. 21: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Porter Starke Services, 701 Wall St.

Aug. 21: 3:30-6:30 p.m., Indiana Furniture, 1807 E. Lincolnway

Aug. 27: 1-6 p.m., Christ Lutheran Church, 2610 North Campbell

Aug. 30: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Valparaiso Public Library, 103 Jefferson St.

Aug. 30: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Ivy Tech Community College, 3100 Ivy Tech Drive

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.


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