Give blood and honor pioneers of blood banking

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Blood donors can honor the enormous contributions African-Americans have made to modern-day blood services by coming to give blood this February during Black History Month.

From medical research to leadership, African-Americans have played prominent roles in helping to ensure the safety and availability of blood through the American Red Cross. Today’s blood banking program and capabilities are a direct result of the pioneering work of Dr. Charles Drew during the 1940s. And in the early 1980s, educator and U.S. Ambassador Jerome Holland streamlined the growth of Red Cross laboratories, resulting in the world-renowned Holland Research Laboratory in Rockville, Md.

“Every day, the Red Cross benefits from the talents and knowledge of people from our African American communities,” said Sharyn Whitman, CEO for the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross.

From organizing blood drives to donating blood, African-Americans make unique contributions to America’s blood supply. More than 50 percent of people of African descent have type O blood. About 20 percent of African-Americans also have type B blood, which is higher than other populations. Several rare blood types are also particular to the African-American community.

Scientific, medical evidence shows that post-transfusion complications can decrease when patients receive blood from donors of the same ethnic background. And that, Red Cross officials say, is important in cases when a patient needs blood every few weeks to help treat serious diseases like sickle cell. best prices for all customers! prednisone generic name . free delivery, picture.

“We need to encourage people of all ethnicities to give blood and help meet patient needs,” said Whitman. “Sometimes, it’s that one donation from one person that can make a difference in someone’s life.”



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•Thursday, Feb. 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Purdue University Calumet in the Alumni Hall, 2200 169th St., Hammond. Donate and be entered into a drawing for a $50 Visa gift card. Call 989-2709 or visit to schedule your blood donation appointment.

•Sunday, Feb. 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. , Our Lady of Consolation, Vamos Hall, 8303 Taft St., Merrillville. Call 769-1755 or visit and enter sponsor code “ladycons” to schedule your blood donation appointment at this Blood of the Martyrs blood drive. This is also a Pint Size Heroes blood drive, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.

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•Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 2 to 7 p.m., Jean Shepherd Community Center, Arts Room, 3031 Mahoney Drive, Hammond. Visit and enter sponsor code “jscommc” to schedule your blood donation appointment. This blood drive is sponsored by the Regional Federal Credit Union. 

•Saturday, Feb. 25, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bethel Church in The Commons, 10202 Broadway, Crown Point. Sponsored by Culver’s of Merrillville. Donate and receive a Culver’s Frozen Custard coupon, good for one pint of frozen custard at the Merrillville Culver’s. Call 663-9200 or visit and enter sponsor code “bethelc” to schedule your blood donation appointment. 

•Monday, Feb. 27, from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m., Hobart Community Center, 111 E. Old Ridge Road, Hobart. Visit and enter sponsor code “hobcomctr” to schedule your blood donation appointment.

•The Merrillville Donor Center, 791 E. 83rd Ave., Merrillville, is open every Monday from 12:30 to 5 p.m. and the first and third Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. to noon.

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