American Red Cross asking for donations due to holiday shortage

FORT WAYNE, Ind . (WPTA21) — The American Red Cross is asking for people to consider donating blood due to a blood shortage.

The Red Cross says it received about 27,000 fewer donations during the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s Day as more than 1,350 fewer blood drives were organized by businesses and other community groups than during a typical week as people across the country celebrated the holidays.

The Red Cross is asking people to consider making a donation appointment now to help save lives.

“Many people may not realize that blood products are perishable, and the only source of lifesaving blood for patients is volunteer blood donors,” said Rodney Wilson, communications manager for the Red Cross Indiana Ohio Blood Services Region. “When donations decline, lifesaving medical treatments could be delayed, especially if winter weather and flu season further complicate the situation.”

Currently, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of most blood types on hand. This is well below the ideal five-day supply needed to respond to emergencies and daily hospital needs.

To find a blood donation opportunity and schedule an appointment to donate, use the free Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Jan. 14-Feb. 15:

Berne

  • 1/28/2019: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., Lehman Park Pavilion, 667 Lehman St
  • 2/5/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., South Adams Senior Center, 825 Hendrick St.

Decatur

  • 1/20/2019: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., St. Mary Catholic Church, 414 Madison St.
  • 2/11/2019: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Riverside Center, 231 East Monroe St

Fort Wayne

  • 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
  • 2/1/2019: 7 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107
  • 2/1/2019: 7:15 a.m. – 2 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd
  • 2/2/2019: 7 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107
  • 2/2/2019: 7:15 a.m. – 2 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd
  • 2/3/2019: 7 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107
  • 2/3/2019: 7:15 a.m. – 1:45 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd
  • 2/4/2019: 12:15 p.m. – 7 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd
  • 2/4/2019: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107
  • 2/5/2019: 12:15 p.m. – 7 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd
  • 2/5/2019: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107
  • 2/6/2019: 12:15 p.m. – 7 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd
  • 2/7/2019: 7 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107
  • 2/7/2019: 11:45 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd
  • 2/8/2019: 7 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107
  • 2/8/2019: 7:15 a.m. – 2 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd
  • 2/9/2019: 7 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107
  • 2/9/2019: 7:15 a.m. – 2 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd
  • 2/10/2019: 7 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107
  • 2/10/2019: 7:15 a.m. – 1:45 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd
  • 2/11/2019: 12:15 p.m. – 7 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd
  • 2/11/2019: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107
  • 2/12/2019: 12:15 p.m. – 7 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd
  • 2/12/2019: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107
  • 2/13/2019: 12:15 p.m. – 7 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd
  • 2/14/2019: 7 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107
  • 2/14/2019: 11:45 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Fort Wayne Blood Donation Center, 1212 E California Rd
  • 2/15/2019: 7 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., Lutheran Hospital Blood Donation Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Suite 107
  • 2/15/2019: 7:15 a.m. – 2 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.

Harlan

  • 2/4/2019: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., Christian Community Center of Harlan, 12616 Spencerville Road

Auburn

  • 1/16/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., McKenney-Harrison Elementary, 400 S. Indiana Avenue
  • 2/5/2019: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 1203 East 7th St.

Garrett

  • 2/5/2019: 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., American Legion Garrett, 515 W. 5th Ave

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
  • 2/3/2019: 7:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church/School, 860 Cherry St

Portland

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

Albion

2/8/2019: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Asbury United Methodist Church, 605 East Main St.

Kendallville

  • 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

Angola

  • 1/23/2019: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Trine University, 619 Maumee Street
  • 2/11/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 700 West Maumee Street

Orland

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

Bluffton

  • 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.

Churubusco

  • 2/7/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Churubusco United Methodist Church, 750 North Main

Columbia City

  • 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
  • 2/10/2019: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church, 315 South Line Street
  • 2/14/2019: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., United Methodist Church, 605 North Forest Parkway

South Whitley

  • 2/13/2019: 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., South Whitley United Methodist Church, 6685 West SR 14, P O Box 386
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