Urgent Need for Blood Donors

By: American Red Cross Last Updated: August 20, 2010

Porter County residents asked to schedule a blood donation appointment RedCrossLogo

The American Red Cross Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region issued an urgent call for blood donors on Aug. 19, 2010.

The Red Cross closely monitors national and local blood supplies to ensure donations are keeping pace with hospital need for blood products in order to meet ongoing and emergency patient care.

There is a critical need for blood donors now,” said Shelby Norris, Communications Manager for the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the Red Cross. “This summer we have had a particularly difficult time recruiting enough blood donors to meet the requirements of our community’s hospitals and the patients they serve.”

Donors with all blood types are needed, but especially those with type O negative. Red Cross officials say type O negative donors can make the difference between an adequate blood supply and a shortage. That’s because type O negative blood can be transfused to patients with any blood type, and is most readily given to patients in emergency and trauma situations.

Every day, more than 39,000 pints of blood are needed for patients in the United States. Blood is used for the treatment of cancer patients, people with blood disorders, premature babies, transplant recipients, trauma victims and more. Each whole blood donation can help save up to three lives.

We urge people to make and keep an appointment to donate blood now,” said Norris “Chances are, someone is counting on you right now for their very life.”

UPCOMING AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVES IN YOUR AREA:

  • Monday, Aug. 23, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Opportunity Enterprises in the Meeting Room, located at 2801 Evans Ave. in Valparaiso. Come to donate and receive an American Red Cross stadium seat cushion. Please call 464-9621, ext. 218 to schedule your blood donation appointment.
  • Saturday, Aug. 28, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Range Line Presbyterian Church, located at 18095 Clay St. in Hebron. Please call 746-5719 to schedule your blood donation appointment. This is a Power in the Blood interfaith initiative which aims to bring together groups of all beliefs to help the community maintain the supply of donated blood. Come to donate and receive a free lunch courtesy of Range Line Presbyterian Church.

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 some states), 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.