Upcoming American Red Cross blood drives in LaGrange County:
· Saturday, Aug. 4, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Gordon’s Campground Main Store, located at 9500E 600S in Wolcottville.
· Saturday, Aug. 4, from 8 a.m. until noon in the Fellowship Hall at South Milford Church of Christ, located at 8030E 600S in Wolcottville.
· Tuesday, Aug. 7, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Hospitality Room at KZ-RV, located at 0985N 900W in Shipshewana. Come to donate and receive an American Red Cross water bottle. Call (260) 463-5044 to arrange transportation to this blood drive.
· Tuesday, Aug. 14, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at St. Joseph Catholic Church, located at 100E 050N in LaGrange. Come to donate and receive an American Red Cross insulated tote bag. Call (260) 463-5044 to arrange transportation to this blood drive.
Most everyone at some point in their lives will meet someone who has received blood products.
“Blood is needed more than you think,” said Sharyn Whitman, CEO for the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “In fact, in the next two seconds, someone in America will need blood.”
Blood needs are constant, Red Cross officials say. Every day, hospital patients across the U.S. need an average of 40,000 units of blood. When calculated to 365 days a year, that number tops 16 million donations – or nearly 30 million blood products – that are transfused to five million patients a year.
Patients need blood for treatments related to cancer and other diseases, for organ transplants, and for emergency care related to accidents or trauma. A person with cancer and leukemia may need from two to six units of red cells to endure chemotherapy, as well as six to eight units of platelets daily for two to four weeks. Surgeries related to heart conditions and organ transplants can also be blood intensive, requiring anywhere from two to 20 units each of red cells, platelets or plasma. And depending on the severity of car accident, a person may need from four to 100 units of red blood cells to survive.
“Not a day goes by that we don’t hear someone’s story about how blood helped save their life,” Whitman stated. “And those stories are made possible by blood donors who give without any thought of reward other than to help someone in need.”
Today, baby boomers and the WWII generation make up about half of all blood donors through the Red Cross. But with time, many people who once gave may require blood for their own medical care.
“America simply needs more blood donors from younger generations to commit to maintaining America’s blood supply,” Whitman said. “You can be among them, and help change a life.”