Campaign honors fallen officers, raises awareness of need for blood
Throughout the summer months, the American Red Cross will participate in the statewide Fallen Officer Blood Drive Campaign. This is the seventh year the Red Cross will host blood drives across Indiana to honor fallen officers and raise awareness of the need for blood.
Janice Starnes, whose husband Sergeant Daniel Starnes was killed in the line of duty in 2001, founded the campaign and continues to organize it each year. “Most encouraging,” Starnes says, “is that the blood drives continue to grow and our officers are not forgotten thanks to the people who come to give blood in their memory.”
Last year, every county in Indiana held at least one Fallen Officer blood drive and more than 30,000 units of blood have been collected since the 2007 start of the Fallen Officer blood drives. This year, won’t you help us surpass our 2012 collections and honor men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice?
The following Fallen Officer Blood Drive will take place in your community:
- June 10 Lehman Park Pavilion, 667 Lehman St., Berne 2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- June 10 Kid’s League Bingo Hall, 1409 N. Wayne St., Angola noon to 6 p.m.
- June 11 LaGrange First Church of God, 777 N. Detroit St., LaGrange 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- June 11 Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division St., Valparaiso noon to 6 p.m.
- June 17 Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, 101 W. Market, Columbia City 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- June 17 Evangelical United Methodist Church, 1000 Flaxmill Rd., Huntington 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
- June 17-22 Fort Wayne Donor Center, 1212 E. California Rd., Fort Wayne 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 18 First United Methodist Church, 110 N. Cass St., Wabash 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- June 19 Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, 310 W. Main St., Delphi 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- June 19 Bunker Hill United Methodist Church, 100 W. Broadway, Bunker Hill noon to 5 p.m. June 20 Manchester Church of the Brethren, 1306 Beckly, North Manchester noon to 6 p.m.
- June 21 LaPorte County Annex, 908 State St., LaPorte 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- June 23 Nativity of Our Savior, 2949 Willowcreek Rd., Portage 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- June 25 St. Joe Parish Hall, 1310 Main St., Rochester 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- June 25 Jay Community Center, 115 E. Water St., Portland 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- June 26 Knights of Columbus, 340 E. 50 N., Winamac 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- June 27 Logansport Mall, 3900 E. Market St., Logansport noon to 6 p.m.
- June 28 Nappanee Police Department, 301 W. Lincoln St., Nappanee 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- July 1 First United Methodist Church, 1203 E. 7th St., Auburn noon to 6 p.m.
- July 1 First Presbyterian Church, 215 E. Dustman Rd., Bluffton 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- July 3 Parkview United Methodist Church, 1785 SR 19, Peru 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- July 9 Center Lake Pavilion, 117 Canal St., Warsaw noon to 6 p.m.
- July 11 First Evangelical Presbyterian, 352 W. Clinton St., Frankfort 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- July 11 Calvary Baptist Church, 1967 W. Blvd., Kokomo 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- July 12 Kentland Community Center, 401 N. 4th St., Kentland 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
- July 17 Marshall County Sheriff’s Dept.,1400 N. Pioneer Dr., Plymouth 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
How to Donate Blood
To schedule an appointment to donate please call 1 -800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org for more information. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in Indiana), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.
About the American Red Cross
The Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region serves northern and central Indiana and northwestern Ohio, and needs to collect about 500 units of blood a day to meet patient need in more than 60 hospitals. In addition to providing blood to our community, the American Red Cross also provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.