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Blood donors urgently needed, Red Cross says

The American Red Cross' Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region issued this news release about blood donation:

The American Red Cross Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region issued an urgent call for blood donors on Aug. 18, 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:

Saturday, Aug. 21, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Zanesville United Methodist Church in the Fellowship Hall, located at 11811 N. Wayne St. in Zanesville. Come to donate and receive an American Red Cross stadium seat cushion. Please call 638-4108 to schedule your blood donation appointment.

Thursday, Aug. 26, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Northeast Indiana Innovation Center in Cole Auditorium, 3201 Stellhorn Road in Fort Wayne. Come to donate and receive an American Red Cross stadium seat cushion. Please call 407-6442 to schedule your blood donation appointment.

Fort Wayne Donor Center, 1212 E. California Road in Fort Wayne, (across from the Memorial Coliseum).

*Donation room hours have been extended next week:

Mon., Aug. 23: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tues, Aug. 24-Thurs., Aug. 26 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Fri., Aug. 27 & Sat., Aug. 28: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Lutheran Hospital Donor Center located at 7900 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite 107 in Fort Wayne (in the South Lobby of Lutheran Hospital) Traditional whole blood or platelet pheresis donation (no platelet pheresis on Wednesdays):

· Monday through Wednesday: 12 noon – 6 p.m.

· Thursday through Saturday: 6 a.m. – 12 noon

· Sunday: by appointment only

Come to donate at the Fort Wayne or Lutheran Hospital Donation Centers, Tuesday, Aug. 24 – Saturday, Aug. 28 and receive a “You Rock” t-shirt. Plus, be entered into a drawing to win one of the following, four winners will be chosen: a football autographed by the Indianapolis Colts, a pair of Rodney Carrington Concert Tickets, a pair of Cheech and Chong Concert Tickets, or Free Putt-Putt for a month!

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.

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