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Blood donations carry special meaning for Memorial Day


While Memorial Day may signal the unofficial start of summer, the holiday’s true meaning is inescapable for those wishing to honor members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Making a blood donation through your American Red Cross is one way to pay homage to the service men and women who protect and defend our nation. Coming to donate blood before, during or after the long weekend can also help strengthen and maintain America’s blood supply for the summer season.

There will be an America Red Cross Blood Drive from 1-5 p.m. on Friday, May 18, in the Special Events Room at Splash Universe, located at 800 S. Van Buren St. in Shipshewana.

“Your blood donation this time of year works as both a tribute and a testament to our nation’s armed forces,” stated Sharyn Whitman, CEO for the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “By rolling up your sleeve, you’ll honor those who dedicate their lives to others, and you’ll give the gift of life to help others in need.”

Day in and day out, hospital patients need blood for emergency and ongoing care related to serious illness, accident or trauma. In fact, every two seconds, someone in American needs blood. But while that need is constant, the number of people donating blood isn’t. Blood donors may travel, start new routines, or simply overlook donating blood – especially during the summer when people spend more time doing recreational or seasonal activities.

“We understand many people are simply motivated by the desire to honor others and to help save lives,” Whitman said. “Please give blood this Memorial Day weekend.”

Come to donate May 1-31 and be entered into a region-wide monthly drawing for a $500 gasoline gift card.