Blood Drives Being Set Up to Combat "Emergency" Blood Shortage, See How You Can Help

From Local Sources 

AREA WIDE -- With less than a three-day supply of most blood types available, the American Red Cross is facing a blood shortage and has an emergency need for blood and platelet donors to give now to replenish the blood supply. 

The call for donations comes after a difficult July Fourth week for donations when hundreds fewer blood drives were organized by volunteer hosts than a typical week, compounding a shortfall of more than 24,000 blood donations in June.

“Medical emergencies and critical treatments don’t stop for holiday celebrations. Patients depend on lifesaving blood transfusions every day,” said Cliff Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Blood Services. 

“Right now, the Red Cross only has less than a three-day supply when we need a five-day supply to be prepared for all situations that require blood products. To help meet this need, we’ve added about 8,000 additional appointments at blood donation centers and community blood drives over the next few weeks to accommodate more donors. But we need people to fill those appointments, please join us today.”

You can donate locally at one of the locations below.... 

Holland United Methodist Church, 205 N. 2nd Ave. Holland, IN 47541

7/16/2019: 2 - 7 p.m.

Hutson Inc-John Deere, 2951 N 600 W. Jasper, IN  47546

7/23/2019: 1 - 6 p.m.

Dale United Methodist Church, 1 West Elm St. Dale, IN 47523

7/29/2019: 3 - 7 p.m.

Harvest Community Fellowship, 200 W. Main St. Washington, IN 47501

7/30/2019: 2 - 6 p.m.

Indiana State Police - Jasper, 2209 Newton St. Jasper, IN 47546

7/31/2019: 2 - 6 p.m.