Donors urged to Give Blood Final Weeks of Summer to prevent Shortage

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The American Red Cross is asking blood donors and potential blood donors to step up and give to stem off a blood shortage.  According to a red cross release, August traditionally sees a decline in blood donations caused by planned final summer vacations before back-to-school activites ramp up.

Donations are needed now to help ensure blood is available for patients in need with type AB, O negative, B negative and A negative especially in need now.

Plasma from type AB donors can be transfused to patients of any blood type, as can type O negative blood. Type B negative and A negative blood can be transfused to Rh-positive or negative patients. These are the most in demand blood types and are in constant need. 

To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities

Jasper County

8/27/2015: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Kankakee Valley High School, 3923 West SR 10 in Wheatfield.

Lake County

8/16/2015: 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Our Lady of Consolation, 8303 Taft St. in Merrillville.                                   8/17/2015: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. John Township Community Center, 1515 Lincoln Highway in Schererville. 8/18/2015: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Mike Anderson Chevrolet, 1550 E 61st Ave. in Merrillville.                         8/22/2015: 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Charter Fitness of North Hobart, 8560 E. Ridge Rd. in Hobart.           8/22/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Latin Pentecostal Church, 3950 Marquette Rd. in Lake Station.                    8/22/2015: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., Charter Fitness, 1642 US 41 in Schererville.                                            8/24/2015: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., BMO Harris Bank, 801 Joliet St. in Dyer.                                                    8/24/2015: 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Hobart Community Center, 111 E Old Ridge Rd. in Hobart.                 8/24/2015: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., BMO Harris Bank, 790 W. Lincolnway in Schererville.                            8/28/2015: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Culver’s, 980 W. Lincoln Hwy in Schererville.                                              8/30/2015: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Eagles, 13140 Lake Shore Dr. in Cedar Lake.                                              8/30/2015: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 484 Willow Court, Building T in Hammond.

LaPorte County

8/17/2015: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., IU Health LaPorte Hospital, 1007 W. Lincolnway in La Porte.               8/26/2015: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Library Student Faculty Building, 1401 S. US 421 in Westville.             8/28/2015: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., Franciscan St. Anthony Health – Michigan City, 301 West Homer St. in Michigan City.

Newton County

8/28/2015: 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Kentland Community Center, 401 North 4th St. in Kentland.

Porter County

8/17/2015: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Taltree Arboretum, 450 West 100 North in Valparaiso.                                  8/19/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., First Christian Church, 1507 Glendale Blvd. in Valparaiso.                             8/20/2015: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, 106 E. 1100 N in Chesterton.                               8/21/2015: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., First United Methodist Church of Portage, 2637 McCool Rd. in Portage.  8/21/2015: 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Valparaiso Nazarene Church, 2702 Glendale Ave. in Valparaiso.  8/21/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Culver’s, 2101 LaPorte Ave in Valparaiso.                                                          8/25/2015: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., American Legion Charles Pratt Post 94 – Valparaiso, 4 East Monroe St. in Valparaiso.