Critical Red Cross blood shortage prompts emergency call for donations-

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Community News & People in the News

Published on July 05, 2017 with No Comments

Give blood or platelets now and help save lives

The American Red Cross is facing a critical blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for eligible blood and platelet donors of all blood types to give now and help save lives.

Blood donations have fallen short of expectations for the past two months, resulting in about 61,000 fewer donations than needed and causing a significant draw down of the Red Cross blood supply. The shortfall is the equivalent of the Red Cross not collecting any blood donations for more than four days.

“It’s crucial that people donate now to meet the needs of patients every day and to be prepared for emergencies that require significant volumes of donated blood,” said Rodney Wilson, communications manager of the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the Red Cross. “Every day, blood and platelet donors can help save lives, and right now these heroes are needed to give as soon as possible.”

How to Help

To schedule an appointment to donate, use the free Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). The Red Cross has added more than 25,000 additional appointment slots at donation centers and community blood drives across the country over the next few weeks to accommodate more donors. Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire are encouraged to help reduce the time it takes to donate.

Summer Months Lead to Shortage

Blood shortages often worsen around Independence Day due to many fewer volunteer-hosted blood drives at places of work, worship or community gathering, and this year is no exception. Nearly 700 fewer blood drives are scheduled during the Independence Day week than the weeks before and after the holiday.

Overall, the summer months are among the most challenging times of the year for blood and platelet donations as regular donors delay giving while they vacation and participate in summer activities. In a recent survey of Red Cross blood donors, more than 73 percent indicated vacation plans this summer, many of them occurring the weeks before and after Independence Day.

New donors and those who haven’t given in a while are especially encouraged to roll up a sleeve and help save lives. Nearly one-third fewer new blood donors came out to give last summer than during the rest of the year due in part to schools – where blood drives are held and where new donors give – being out of session during the summer months.

Who Blood Donations Help

Because of generous donors, the Red Cross is able to provide blood products to patients like husband and wife Michael and Tracy Spinner of Kokomo. The couple was involved in a serious motorcycle accident in 2016 which caused them both to need multiple blood transfusions. They may not be alive today without generous blood donors.

Every two seconds in the United States blood and platelets are needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant procedures, and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. The Red Cross must collect nearly 14,000 blood donations every day for patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals across the country.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Lake County


July 24: 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Hobart Community Center, 111 E Old Ridge Road


July 10: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Merrillville Blood Donation Center, 791 East 83rd Ave

July 15: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., Merrillville Blood Donation Center, 791 East 83rd Ave

July 17: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Merrillville Blood Donation Center, 791 East 83rd Ave

July 24: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Merrillville Blood Donation Center, 791 East 83rd Ave

July 25: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Catholic Diocese of Gary, 9292 Broadway

LaPorte County

La Porte

July 10: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., First Church of God, 2020 East Lincolnway

July 12: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Indiana Department of Transportation, 315 East Boyd

July 19: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Golden Living Center – Fountainview Terrace, 1900 Andrew Ave

July 25: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 907 Michigan Ave

July 28: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m., Laporte Hospital, 1007 W. Lincolnway

July 28: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Thomas Rose Industrial Park – BOSS Air, 1761 Genesis Drive

Michigan City

July 11: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. John’s United Church of Christ, 101 St. John Road

July 14: 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 East 4th Street

Rolling Prairie

July 17: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. John Kanty, 7012 North 600 East


July 29: 7 a.m. – 12 p.m., Sacred Heart Church, 204 N. Ohio Street


July 22: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., Family Life Center, 154 Main Street

Porter County


July 11: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., Franciscan Omni Health & Fitness Chesterton, 810 Michael Drive

July 14: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Chesterton Health and Emergency Center, 770 Indian Boundary Road

July 23: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., St. Patrick Catholic Church, 638 North Calumet Road


July 18: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., United Methodist Church, 202 W. Church St.


July 13: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Hopewell Mennonite Church, 805 N Main Street


July 7: 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Portage Avenue Baptist Church, 6605 Portage Ave.


July 20: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, 1100 N. Mineral Springs Road


July 9: 8:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m., Crosspointe Christian Church, 114 E US-6 Frontage Road

July 9: 1:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m., Family Video, 2502 Calumet Ave

July 10: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran School, 1700 North Monticello Dr.

July 12: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Valparaiso University, 1509 Chapel Drive

July 16: 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Taltree Arboretum, 450 West 100 North

July 19: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Ivy Tech Community College, 3100 Ivy Tech Dr

July 19: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., First Christian Church, 1507 Glendale Blvd.

July 24: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., The Wholesome Cupboard, 201 E. Morthland Drive

July 24: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. Teresa of Avila, 1604 Lincolnway

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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