Every day, hospital patients depend on steady and consistent blood donations from volunteer donors for the blood they may need for ongoing and emergency medical care. Since February is American Heart Month, itâ€™s a great time to put your heart into a worthwhile cause: donating blood at an American Red Cross blood drive to help hospital patients who require blood transfusion.
â€śBlood donations help many types of patients, including cardiac patients who are one of the leading users of blood and blood products,â€ť said Tracy Fox, Communications Manager, with the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the Red Cross. â€śWhen individuals roll up their sleeve, they help build the blood supply. This is important anytime, but especially during the cold, wintry months when blood donations tend to decline. Itâ€™s important that the blood is on the shelf when hospital patients need a transfusion.â€ť
Since 1963, the President of the United States has proclaimed February as American Heart Month. â€śDonating blood, and sharing your good health with others less fortunate, is a great way to observe this annual event,â€ť Fox stated.
â€śWeâ€™re asking more people, young and old alike, to have a heart and give blood this February. If youâ€™re healthy and can give, your donation can help make a difference.â€ť
Upcoming American Red Cross Blood drives in our area:
- Monday, Feb. 3, from 1:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. at Jefferson Elementary School in the gymnasium, located at 401 Klinger St. in Plymouth. This is a Pint Size Heroes blood drive.
- Tuesday, Feb. 4, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Ancilla College in the Evergreen Room C231, located at 9601 S. Union in Donaldson.
- Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 11:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at St. Isidore Hall, located at 803 W. Bike St. in Bremen.
To schedule an appointment to donate please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org for more information. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in Indiana and Ohio), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Individuals should bring their Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when they come to donate.