Red Cross Blood drives continue throughout the summer

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Published on July 20, 2011 with No Comments

The summer blood drives which started on World Blood Donor Day continue throughout the area.

“The need for blood is universal, just like air or water,” said Sharyn Whitman, CEO for the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “It provides the chance for all of us to recognize that blood is essential to healthcare across the globe.”

The Red Cross only accepts blood from volunteer blood donors and collects about 6.3 million pints of blood a year.

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.

With the 2011 theme “More Blood, More Life,” organizers are working to boost the number of people on every continent who give blood on a regular basis. Worldwide, about 90 million blood donations are made each year. But according to the World Health Organization, more than 70 countries have blood donation rates that are considered less than necessary to meet basic blood needs. In the United States, about 38 percent of the population is eligible to give blood, but only a fraction actually donates.

“Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood,” said Whitman. “Patients with emergency and ongoing medical needs depend on blood from volunteer donors to help save their lives.”

“Volunteer blood donors who give on a regular basis are the foundation of a safe and adequate blood supply,” said Whitman.  “In a world that’s getting more complex every day, it’s nice to know the simple act of giving blood can make a huge difference.”

Donate through Sept. 11 and be entered into a region-wide drawing to win a $3,000 gift card for free gas for a year

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