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Help Patients And Honor Loved Ones By Donating Blood With The Red Cross
Updated May 19, 2017 6:50 AM
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(UNDATED) - Before busy summer schedules set in, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to roll up a sleeve to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients in need.

Donors of all blood types are needed now to help accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving cancer treatment.

Kenneth Reed gives blood in his son's honor. When Trace was 8 days old, he underwent heart surgery and received blood transfusions.

"It's the least I can do. If it wasn't for donors, he wouldn't be here with us today," said Reed. "I don't call it donating blood; I call it donating life."

Giving blood is an easy and thoughtful way to honor a loved one who has relied on blood products, to follow in the example of a family member who gives regularly or to simply help others.

As a thank you, those who come out to donate May 26-30 will receive a Red Cross-branded visor, while supplies last. In addition, everyone who comes to donate now through September 4 can receive an exclusive Cedar Fair ticket offer that helps support the Red Cross, and enter to win one of two grand prize packages for four to Knott's Berry Farm in California or Cedar Point in Ohio. Blood drive participants can go to redcrossblood.org/cedarfair to purchase discounted tickets for gate admission and enter to win one of the two grand prize packages. For each ticket purchased through the website, Cedar Fair will donate $2 to the Red Cross to support its humanitarian mission. Terms and conditions apply and are available at redcrossblood.org/cedarfair.

Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800- RED CROSS (1-800- 733-2767). Donors can then also visit redcrossblood.org/cedarfair to enter to win one of three grand prize packages for four to Knott's Berry Farm in California or Cedar Point in Ohio.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Bartholomew County

Columbus

  • 5/26/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Columbus City Hall, 123 Washington St.
  • 5/26/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., La QUINTA, 101 Carrie Lane
  • 6/2/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., La QUINTA, 101 Carrie Lane
  • 6/9/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., La QUINTA, 101 Carrie Lane

Brown County

Nashville

  • 5/26/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Brown County YMCA, 105 Willow Street
  • 6/7/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Parkview Church of the Nazarene, 1750 East State Road 46

Jennings County

North Vernon

5/31/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Walmart, 2380 N State Highway 3
6/6/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Senior Citizens Center, 515 Buckeye Street

Lawrence County

Bedford

  • 5/27/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1010 22nd Street
  • 6/2/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Bedford Fire Department Headquarters, 1900 H Street

Martin County

Loogootee

  • 6/15/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. Johns Catholic Church, 408 Church Street

Shoals


  • 6/14/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., American Legion Shoals, 224 High St.

Monroe County

Bloomington

  • 5/27/2017: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.
  • 5/31/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.
  • 6/1/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.
  • 6/3/2017: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.
  • 6/7/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.
  • 6/8/2017: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., City of Bloomington, 401 N. Morton, Suite 210
  • 6/8/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.
  • 6/10/2017: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.
  • 6/13/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Sherwood Oaks Christian Church, 2700 E. Rogers Road
  • 6/14/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.
  • 6/15/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.

Vigo County

Terre Haute

  • 5/31/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Union Hospital, 1606 North 7th Street

Henry County

New Castle

  • 5/31/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., New Castle Correctional Facility, 1000 Van Nuys
  • Road

Madison County

Anderson

  • 6/9/2017: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Anderson University, 1100 E. 5th Street

Elwood

  • 6/15/2017: 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., St. Vincent Mercy Hospital, 1331 South A Street

Pendleton

  • 6/12/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church Pendleton, 225 West State Street

Marion County

Beech Grove

  • 6/1/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Hornet Park Community Center, 5245 Hornet Avenue

Indianapolis

  • 5/26/2017: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Lowes, 8002 North Shadeland

Putnam County

Coatesville

  • 6/8/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Heritage Lake Clubhouse, 1000 Clubhouse Road

Wayne County

Richmond

  • 6/3/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Glenn Miller Golf Course, 2514 E Main Street

Delaware County

Muncie

  • 5/30/2017: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Progress Rail, 3500 S Cowan Road

Hamilton County

Fishers

  • 5/30/2017: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., IU Health Saxony Hospital, 13000 East 136th Street

Other Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

  • First Mennonite Church, 8002 E 550 N. Montgomery, IN 47558 6/9/2017: 1:30 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Bethel Mennonite Church, 9335 N. 900 E. Odon, IN 47562 5/26/2017: 2 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Daviess County Sheriff's Department, 101 NE 4th St. Washington, IN 47501 6/1/2017: 2 - 6 p.m.
  • Springs Valley Bank & Trust Company, 1500 Main St. Jasper, IN 47546
  • 6/5/2017: noon - 4 p.m.
  • Holy Cross Catholic Church / School, 305 East Walnut St. Fort Branch, IN 47648 5/30/2017: 1:30 - 6:30 p.m.
  • German American Bank Tell City, 645 Main St. Tell City, IN 47586
  • 5/31/2017: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Stockwell Blood Donation Center, 29 South Stockwell Road Evansville, IN 47714
  • 5/30/2017: noon - 6 p.m.; 6/2/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 6/6/2017: noon - 6 p.m.; 6/7/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 6400 Oak Hill Road Evansville, IN 47725
  • 6/2/2017: 1 - 6 p.m.
  • St. Joseph Catholic Church, 6130 West St. Joseph Rd. Evansville, IN 47720
  • 6/11/2017: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Oakhill Baptist Church, 4615 Oakhill Rd. Evansville, IN 47711
  • 6/11/2017: 2 - 7 p.m.
  • Baker Chapel United Methodist, 3495 Indiana 62 Boonville, IN 47601
  • 5/31/2017: 3 - 7 p.m.
  • Faith Free Will Baptist Church, 303 N. 5th St. Chandler, IN 47610
  • 6/8/2017: 3 - 7 p.m.
  • Newburgh United Methodist Church, 4178 Highway 261 Newburgh, IN 47630
  • 5/31/2017: 3 - 8 p.m.

How to help

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.



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