Celebrate the birth of a movement by donating blood

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Published on April 18, 2012 with No Comments

World Red Cross Day is May 8

May 8 marks World Red Cross Day, as well as the birthday of Henry Dunant, the founder of what is known today as the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

Dunant was a young Swiss businessman who advocated for the humane treatment of wartime sick and wounded. Dunant witnessed atrocities in 1859 during a bloody battle in Solferino, Italy, and organized local people to come to the aid of injured soldiers. Upon his return to Geneva, Dunant called for the creation of national volunteer relief societies to assist during wartime. His work pointed the way to the future Geneva Conventions, and the formation of Red Cross societies worldwide, including the American Red Cross.

“We encourage everyone to help continue his legacy and help people in need, wherever they are,” said Sharyn Whitman, CEO for the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross.  “Coming to donate blood to help hospital patients who need it for surgeries, cancer care, or to treat life-threatening accidents is one way you can help.”

“Dunant showed us that even when world events seem overwhelming, you can make a difference, simply by giving blood, volunteering or making a contribution through your American Red Cross,” said Whitman.

Come to donate now through May 31 and be entered into a region-wide drawing to win a free $500 gas gift card.

Upcoming American Red Cross blood drive:

  • Thursday, May 3, from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Central Baptist Church in the gymnasium, 704 W. 700 North, Hobart.
  • Thursday, May 3, from 12:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at St. Matthias Church in the Hall, 101 Burell Drive, Crown Point.
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  • Sunday, May 6, from 8 a.m. until noon at Seventh Day Adventist in the Hall, 10570 Randolph St., Crown Point.  This is a Pint Size Heroes and Winfield Community blood drive.
  • Tuesday, May 15, from 2:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus in the Hall,13039 Wicker Ave., Cedar Lake.  Please go to and enter sponsor code “kofccedlak” to schedule your blood donation appointment.  This blood drive is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Marian Council 3840.
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  • The Merrillville Donor Center, located at 791 E. 83rd Ave. in Merrillville, is open every Monday from 12:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. and the first and third Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. until noon.

To schedule an appointment to donate, 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 and Ohio), 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.

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