Resolve to give blood with the Red Cross

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(Jan. 2, 2019) — The American Red Cross encourages people to help meet the urgent need for blood and platelets by resolving to give blood this January – National Blood Donor Month.

Donating blood or platelets is a way to make a lifesaving impact in the new year for patients like Judy Janssen, who was diagnosed with end-stage autoimmune liver disease in 2016. Janssen received frequent blood transfusions – sometimes multiple times a week – until she underwent a liver transplant last January.

“Blood donors make a really big difference with very little effort,” said Janssen, who received dozens of transfusions before and during her transplant surgery. “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for blood donations.”

The critical role of blood and platelet donors has been celebrated each January for nearly 50 years during National Blood Donor Month, which coincides with one of the most difficult times to maintain a sufficient blood supply for patients. Busy holiday schedules, extreme winter weather and seasonal illnesses often impact donor turnout this time of year.

The Red Cross encourages eligible donors to resolve to give blood or platelets regularly, beginning in January. To encourage donations immediately, all those who come to donate by Jan. 6 will get a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

Make an appointment to donate blood or platelets by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Another way to help keep the blood supply strong in the new year is to host a Red Cross blood drive. To learn more about hosting a blood drive and to sign up, visit RedCrossBlood.org/HostADrive.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Jan. 2-31:

Adams County

Berne
1/28/2019: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., Lehman Park Pavilion, 667 Lehman St

Decatur
1/20/2019: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., St. Mary Catholic Church, 414 Madison St.
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Allen County

Fort Wayne
1/2/2019: 12:15 p.m. – 7 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd
1/3/2019: 7 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107
1/3/2019: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Parkview Hospital, 2200 Randallia
1/3/2019: 11:45 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd
1/4/2019: 7 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107
1/4/2019: 7:15 a.m. – 2 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd
1/5/2019: 7 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107
1/5/2019: 7:15 a.m. – 2 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd
1/6/2019: 7 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107
1/6/2019: 7:15 a.m. – 1:45 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd
1/7/2019: 12:15 p.m. – 7 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd
1/7/2019: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107
1/8/2019: 12:15 p.m. – 7 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd
1/8/2019: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107
1/9/2019: 12:15 p.m. – 7 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd
1/10/2019: 7 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107
1/10/2019: 11:45 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd
1/11/2019: 7 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107
1/11/2019: 7:15 a.m. – 2 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd
1/12/2019: 7 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107
1/12/2019: 7:15 a.m. – 2 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd
1/13/2019: 7 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107
1/13/2019: 7:15 a.m. – 1:45 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd
1/14/2019: 12:15 p.m. – 7 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd
1/14/2019: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107
1/15/2019: 12:15 p.m. – 7 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd
1/15/2019: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107
1/16/2019: 12:15 p.m. – 7 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd
1/17/2019: 7 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107
1/17/2019: 11:45 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd
1/18/2019: 7 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107
1/18/2019: 7:15 a.m. – 2 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd
1/19/2019: 7 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107
1/19/2019: 7:15 a.m. – 2 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd
1/19/2019: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., Covenant United Methodist Church, 10001 Coldwater Road
1/20/2019: 7 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107
1/20/2019: 7:15 a.m. – 1:45 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd
1/21/2019: 7 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Parkview Regional Medical Center, 11109 Parkview Plaza Drive
1/21/2019: 12:15 p.m. – 7 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd
1/21/2019: 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Parkview Regional Medical Center, 11109 Parkview Plaza Drive
1/21/2019: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107
1/22/2019: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Citizens Square, 200 East Berry
1/22/2019: 12:15 p.m. – 7 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd
1/22/2019: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107
1/23/2019: 12:15 p.m. – 7 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd
1/24/2019: 7 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107
1/24/2019: 11:45 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd
1/25/2019: 7 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107
1/25/2019: 7:15 a.m. – 2 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd
1/26/2019: 7 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107
1/26/2019: 7:15 a.m. – 2 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd
1/27/2019: 7 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107
1/27/2019: 7:15 a.m. – 1:45 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd
1/28/2019: 12:15 p.m. – 7 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd
1/28/2019: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107
1/29/2019: 12:15 p.m. – 7 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd
1/29/2019: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107
1/29/2019: 3:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., Cedarville Elementary School, 12225 Hardisty Road
1/30/2019: 12:15 p.m. – 7 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd
1/31/2019: 7 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107
1/31/2019: 11:45 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd

Grabill
1/14/2019: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., Grabill Missionary Church, 13637 State St.
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De Kalb County

Auburn
1/2/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 1203 East 7th St.
1/16/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., McKenney-Harrison Elementary, 320 Van Auken Street

Garrett
1/2/2019: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Miller’s Merry Manor, 1367 South Randolph Street

Waterloo
1/4/2019: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., St. Michael The Archangel Parish, 1098 County Road 39
1/8/2019: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., New Hope Christian Center, 900 South Wayne
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Huntington County

Huntington
1/21/2019: 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Evangelical United Methodist Church, 1000 Flaxmill Rd.
1/27/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Huntington National Guard Armory, 800 Zahn Street
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Jay County

Portland
1/22/2019: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Jay Community Center, 115 E. Water Street
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Noble County

Albion
1/5/2019: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 210 N Orange Street

Avilla
1/13/2019: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic School, 232 N. Main St.

Kendallville
1/4/2019: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Faith United Methodist Church, 411 Harding St.
1/9/2019: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., Hendrickson, 101 South Progress Drive West
1/16/2019: 3:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., East Noble Middle School, 415 Drake Road
1/17/2019: 2:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., South Side Elementary, 1350 Sherman Street
1/26/2019: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., ATA Excellence Martial Arts, 111 West Rush Street

Ligonier
1/4/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Park & Recreation Center, 520 W. Union St.
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Steuben County

Angola
1/7/2019: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Fairview Missionary Church, 525 E 200 N
1/23/2019: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Trine University, 619 Maumee Street

Fremont
1/3/2019: 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Fremont Community Church, 601 N. Coldwater Street
1/9/2019: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Peace Lutheran Church, 355 E State Rd 120

Helmer
1/2/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Helmer United Methodist Church, 7530 S SR 327

Orland
1/24/2019: 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., American Legion Post 423, 6215 S.R. 327
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Wells County

Bluffton
1/6/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Hope Missionary Church, 429 Dustman
1/20/2019: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1300 North Main St.
1/21/2019: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 215 East Dustman Rd.
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Whitley County

Columbia City
1/2/2019: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Passages, Inc, 333 North Oak Street
1/10/2019: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., Micropulse, 5865 East State Road 14
1/18/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Whitley County Government, 220 West Van Buren Street
1/24/2019: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Little Turtle Elementary School, 1710 SR 9

How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit 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, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

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 rdcrss.org/driver.

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.