Blood shortage continues; Red Cross needs donors now

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

Published on July 21, 2021 with No Comments

While donors across the country have rolled up a sleeve to give this summer, the need for blood and platelets remains crucial for patients relying on lifesaving transfusions. The American Red Cross continues to experience a severe blood shortage and donors of all blood types – especially type O and those giving platelets – are urged to make an appointment to give now.  

Right now, the Red Cross needs to collect more than 1,000 additional blood donations each day to meet current demand as hospitals respond to an unusually high number of traumas and emergency room visits, organ transplants and elective surgeries.

Donors who give now will help stock the shelves for the rest of the summer season. Schedule an appointment to give blood or platelets by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

In most cases, those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine can donate. However, knowing the name of the manufacturer of the vaccine they received is important in determining donation eligibility.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities through July 31

La Porte County

La Porte

July 23: 7:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Northwest Health Laporte, 1007 W. Lincolnway

July 30: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Indiana Department of Transportation, 315 East Boyd

Aug. 4: noon – 6:00 p.m., Sacred Heart Church, 201 Bach Street

Aug. 5: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Northwest Health Laporte, 1007 W. Lincolnway

Aug. 9: noon – 6:00 p.m., First Church of God, 2020 East Lincolnway

Michigan City

July 24: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 121 E. 7th Street

July 27: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church & School, 818 Franklin Street

Aug. 3: noon – 6:00 p.m., St. John’s United Church of Christ, 101 St. John Road

Aug. 13: 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Queen of All Saints, 606 S Woodland Ave.

Lake County

Crown Point

July 22: 2:00 – 7:00 p.m., Holy Spirit Church, 7667 East 109th Avenue

Aug. 3: 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Lakes of the Four Seasons, 1048 N Lakeshore Drive

Aug. 5: 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., St. Matthias Church, 101 W Burrell Drive

Dyer

July 22: 1:30 – 6:30 p.m., Village Church, 14849 93rd Avenue

Hammond

July 31: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Northgate Church, 2820 165th St

Aug. 2: noon – 6:00 p.m., Jean Shepherd Community Center, 3031 Mahoney Drive

Highland

Aug. 2: 1:30 – 6:30 p.m., Highland Parks & Recreation Center, 2450 Lincoln Street

Hobart

July 26: 2:30 – 6:30 p.m., Hobart Community Center, 111 E Old Ridge Road

July 27: 2:00 – 6:00 p.m., St. Bridget Church, 107 Main Street

Lowell

July 31: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., American Legion Post 101, 108 1/2 E. Commercial

Aug. 12: 2:00 – 7:00 p.m., VFW Post 6841, 17401 Morse Street

Merrillville

July 26: noon – 5:00 p.m., Merrillville Blood Donation Center, 791 East 83rd Ave

Aug. 2: noon – 5:00 p.m., Merrillville Blood Donation Center

Aug. 7: 8:00 a.m. – noon, Merrillville Blood Donation Center

 Aug. 9: noon – 5:00 p.m., Merrillville Blood Donation Center

Aug. 10: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Merrillville Donation Center

Munster

July 23: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Westminster Presbyterian Church, 8955 Columbia Rd

Aug. 3: 2:30 – 8:30 p.m., Munster Community Pool, 8837 Calumet Ave.

St. John

July 28: 1:00 – 6:00 p.m., Suncrest Christian Church, 10009 Parrish Ave.

Schererville

July 22: 1:00 – 5:00 p.m., Crossroads Church Schererville, 1538 Janice Drive

July 26: 1:00 – 6:00 p.m., St. John Township Community Center, 1515 Lincoln Highway

July 29: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., St. Michael the Archangel Parish, 1 Wilhelm St.

July 29: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 901 East Jefferson St.

Porter County

Chesterton

July 24: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Bethlehem Lutheran Chesterton, 2050 West 1100 North

July 27: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Franciscan Health Fitness Centers Chesterton, 810 Michael Drive

Aug. 2: 2:00 – 8:00 p.m., Franciscan Health Fitness Centers Chesterton, 

Hebron

July 22: 1:00 – 7:00 p.m., First Church – Hebron Campus, 800 Country Square Plaza

Portage

July 30: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., YMCA of Portage, 3100 Willowcreek Rd.

Aug. 6: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Ogden Dunes Volunteer Fire Department, 111 Hillcrest Road

Valparaiso

July 25: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Crosspointe Christian Church, 114 E US-6 Frontage Road

July 28: 1:00 – 7:00 p.m., YMCA Valparaiso, 1201 Cumberland Crossing Dr.

Aug. 1: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Boys & Girls Club of Greater Northwest Indiana – South Haven Club, 723 Long Run Road

Aug. 2: noon – 6:00 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 103 Franklin Street

Aug. 4: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., First Christian Church, 1507 Glendale Blvd.

Aug. 4: 2:00 – 7:00 p.m., Culver’s, 2101 LaPorte Ave

Aug. 6: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., St. Teresa of Avila, 1604 East Lincolnway

Aug. 7: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., GracePoint, 2590 W. Morthland Dr.

Aug. 7: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Compass Pointe Apartments Clubhouse, 2210 Beech Street

Aug. 10: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Charlesworth Financial Services, 2000 Comeford Rd, Suite 3

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