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Give thanks for good health by donating blood this holiday season

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

Published on November 08, 2017 with No Comments

The American Red Cross encourages people to share their good health this holiday season by donating blood for patients in need.

Mike Healey’s son was born prematurely, weighing 3 pounds, and immediately needed blood. “I gave blood the next day and have done it 56 times since then,” he said. Though Healey’s son spent his first 49 days of life in the neonatal intensive care unit, he has thrived and is now a healthy, 10-year-old little league baseball player. “I will never forget whoever selflessly gave blood for my son.”

A decline in donations occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when donors are busy with holiday activities and travel. However, patients don’t get a holiday break from needing lifesaving transfusions. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.

By giving blood or platelets, donors may give patients more time – and more holidays – with loved ones. Make an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Nov. 16 through Nov. 30:

La Porte County

La Porte

Nov. 21 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Bethany Lutheran Church – 102 G Street

Nov. 24 from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Laporte Hospital – 1007 W. Lincolnway

Union Mills

Nov. 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Conservation Club House – 1 Mill Pond Road

Lake County

Crown Point

Nov. 16 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Holy Spirit Church – 7667 East 109th Avenue

Nov. 19 from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Momentum Church – 2200 North Main Street

Hammond

Nov. 29 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Fitness & Recreation Center – 2300 173rd Street

Hobart

Nov. 27 from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Hobart Community Center – 111 E Old Ridge Road

Merrillville

Nov. 18 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Merrillville Blood Donation Center – 791 East 83rd Ave

Nov. 20 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Merrillville Blood Donation Center – 791 East 83rd Ave

Nov. 27 from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Merrillville Blood Donation Center – 791 East 83rd Ave

Schererville

Nov. 20 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., St. John Township Community Center, 1515 Lincoln Highway

Nov. 24 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., American Legion Post 485, 7485 Burr St.

Porter County

Hebron

Nov. 30 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Hebron High School – 509 S. Main Street

Portage

Nov. 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., St. Peter Lutheran Church – 6540 Central Ave.

Valparaiso

Nov. 18 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Boys & Girls Club of Porter County – Valparaiso, 354 Jefferson St.

Nov. 20 from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., St. Teresa of Avila – 1604 Lincolnway

Nov. 28 from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Valparaiso University – Harre Union, 1509 Chapel Drive

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from a computer or mobile device. To get started and learn more, visit www.redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

Volunteers needed

Another way to support the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross is to become a volunteer transportation specialist and deliver lifesaving blood products to local area hospitals. Volunteer transportation specialists play a very important role in ensuring an ample blood supply for patients in need by transporting blood and blood products. For more information and to apply for a volunteer transportation specialist position, visit www.rdcrss.org/driver.

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