(Aug. 21, 2017) — The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood during National Preparedness Month to help ensure a readily available supply for emergencies. Blood and platelet donors of all blood types, especially type O, are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply following a critical summer blood shortage.

A readily available blood supply is needed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help trauma patients and others with serious medical needs. In fact, every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion. Blood can take up to three days to be tested, processed and made available for patients, so it’s the blood already on the shelves that helps save lives in an emergency.

Donations decline around summer holidays like Labor Day. To thank those who come out to give Sept. 1-6, the Red Cross is providing a branded T-shirt, while supplies last.

Appointments can be scheduled by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). To help reduce wait times, donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass.



Upcoming blood donation opportunities Sept. 1-15:

Benton County

Earl Park

9/2/2017: 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Earl Park Festival, US 41/52

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Carroll County

Burlington

9/5/2017: 1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Burlington Community Park, E 5th Street

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Cass County

Logansport

9/13/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., McHale Complex at Riverside, 1212 Riverside

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Clinton County

Frankfort

9/7/2017: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 352 W. Clinton Street

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Elkhart County

Elkhart

9/2/2017: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3415 Pleasant Plain Avenue

9/7/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 112 E. Lexington Ave.

Goshen

9/1/2017: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m., Goshen Blood Donation Center, 1123 South Indiana

9/2/2017: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m., Goshen Blood Donation Center, 1123 South Indiana

9/5/2017: 12 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., Goshen Blood Donation Center, 1123 South Indiana

9/6/2017: 12 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., Goshen Blood Donation Center, 1123 South Indiana

9/6/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church/School, 109 West Monroe Street

9/8/2017: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m., Goshen Blood Donation Center, 1123 South Indiana

9/9/2017: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m., Goshen Blood Donation Center, 1123 South Indiana

9/9/2017: 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Yellow Creek Mennonite Church, 64901 CR 11

9/11/2017: 12 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., Goshen Blood Donation Center, 1123 South Indiana

9/12/2017: 12 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., Goshen Blood Donation Center, 1123 South Indiana

9/13/2017: 12 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., Goshen Blood Donation Center, 1123 South Indiana

9/15/2017: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m., Goshen Blood Donation Center, 1123 South Indiana

Millersburg

9/7/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Millersburg Clinton Fire Department, 500 Carriage Lane

Nappanee

9/5/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Maranatha Fellowship Church, 9639 W. Hepton Rd

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Fulton County

Rochester

9/7/2017: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Woodlawn Hospital, 1400 E. Ninth St.

9/15/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Talma Community Building, 6873 N SR 25

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Jasper County

Remington

9/8/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Apostolic Fellowship Hall, 16448 S US Hwy 231

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Kosciusko County

Mentone

9/8/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Mentone United Methodist Church, 116 E Main Street

Warsaw

9/1/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Kosciusko Community Hospital, 2101 E. Dubois

9/12/2017: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Center Lake Pavilion, 117 Canal St.

9/14/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Ivy Tech Community College, 2545 Silveus Crossing

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Lagrange County

Howe

9/8/2017: 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Lima-Brighton Elementary School, 3rd and  Market Street

Lagrange

9/1/2017: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Parkview LaGrange Hospital, 207 N. Townline Rd

9/11/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., LaGrange First United Methodist Church, 209 W. Spring Street

Wolcottville

9/15/2017: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Wolcott Mills Elementary School, 108 E. Myers Road

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Lake County

Crown Point

9/7/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., St. Matthias Church, 101 W Burrell Drive

9/13/2017: 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Crown Point Community Library, 122 N. Main Street

Gary

9/14/2017: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Indiana University Northwest, 3400 Broadway

Hammond

9/14/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Jean Shepherd Community Center, 3031 Mahoney Drive

Highland

9/5/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Highland Parks & Recreation Center, 2450 Lincoln Street

Hobart

9/14/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Midwest Carpenters & Millwrights Federal Credit Union, 680 N Union Street

Merrillville

9/2/2017: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Merrillville Blood Donation Center, 791 East 83rd Ave

9/4/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Merrillville Blood Donation Center, 791 East 83rd Ave

9/11/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Merrillville Blood Donation Center, 791 East 83rd Ave

Munster

9/15/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Land O'Frost, 10109 Columbia Ave

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LaPorte County

La Porte

9/8/2017: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., LaPorte High School, 602 F Street

9/11/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Church of God, 2020 East Lincolnway

Michigan City

9/5/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. John's United Church of Christ, 101 St. John Road

9/12/2017: 7 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Blue Chip Casino, 777 Blue Chip Drive

9/12/2017: 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Blue Chip Casino, 777 Blue Chip Drive

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Marshall County

Argos

9/6/2017: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Argos Elementary School, 600 Yearick Ave.

Bremen

9/12/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Southwire, 515 Copperfield Way

Plymouth

9/6/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Hoya Safety Division, 2925 Gary Drive

9/10/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Indiana National Guard, 1220 W Madison Street

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Porter County

Chesterton

9/5/2017: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Franciscan Omni Health & Fitness Chesterton, 810 Michael Drive

9/12/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Liberty Bible Church, 824 North Calumet Avenue

Hebron

9/6/2017: 3:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Porter Lakes Elementary School, 208 S. 725 W.

9/12/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., The Gathering Place, 131 North Main Street

Kouts

9/7/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, 507 Rose Street

Portage

9/1/2017: 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Portage Avenue Baptist Church, 6605 Portage Ave.

Valparaiso

9/8/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., McAfee Animal Hospital, 651 Eastport Centre Dr

9/11/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Paul Catholic Church, 1855 W. Harrison BLVD

9/13/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., First Christian Church, 1507 Glendale Blvd.

9/14/2017: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 505 Bullseye Lake Road

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St. Joseph County

Mishawaka

9/13/2017: 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Bethel College - Wiekamp Athletic Center, 1001 W. McKinley

Notre Dame

9/13/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., University of Notre Dame - Keough Hall, Notre Dame University

Walkerton

9/6/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Lincoln Township Community Building, 3098 S. 800 East (Fish Lake)

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Starke County

Knox

9/14/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1600 S. Heaton Street

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Tippecanoe County

Lafayette

9/1/2017: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., IU Health Arnett Hospital, 5165 McCarty Lane

West Lafayette

9/6/2017: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Purdue University - Schleman Hall, 475 Stadium Mall Drive

9/11/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Purdue University Armory Building, 812 3rd Street

9/14/2017: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Krannert School of Management, 403 West State Street

9/15/2017: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Purdue University - Schleman Hall, 475 Stadium Mall Drive

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White County

Monticello

9/9/2017: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Indiana National Guard, 299 Armory Road

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 donors can now 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, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit 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, contact <insert local contact information > or 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.