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Celebrate the birth of a movement by donating blood


Celebrate the birth of a movement and help others in need by coming to donate blood in early May.

There will be a blood drive from 1-6 p.m. on Monday, May 6, in the Fellowship Hall at the LaGrange First United Methodist Church. The church is located at 209 W. Spring St. in LaGrange. 

May 8 marks World Red Cross Day as well as the birthday of Henry Dunant, the founder of what is known today as the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Dunant was a young Swiss businessman who advocated for the humane treatment of wartime sick and wounded. He witnessed atrocities in 1859 during a bloody battle in Solferino, Italy, and organized local people to come to the aid of injured soldiers. Upon his return to Geneva, Switzerland, Dunant called for the creation of national volunteer relief societies to assist during wartime. His work pointed the way to the future Geneva Conventions and the formation of Red Cross societies worldwide, including the American Red Cross.

“We encourage everyone to help continue his legacy and help people in need, wherever they are,” said Sharyn Whitman, CEO for the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “Donating blood to help hospital patients who need it for surgeries, cancer care, or to treat life-threatening accidents is one way you can help.”

The American Red Cross is among more than 180 Red Cross and Red Crescent societies around the world devoted to alleviating human suffering wherever it is found. The Red Cross works with partner societies in almost 200 countries which collectively assist more than 200 million beneficiaries each year. Catastrophic events such as last year’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan demonstrate the ability of the Red Cross network to provide relief during times of devastating need.

“Dunant showed us that even when world events seem overwhelming, you can make a difference simply by giving blood, volunteering, or making a contribution through your American Red Cross,” Whitman stated.