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Help be prepared – give blood

There will be a blood drive from 1-5 p.m. on Friday, July 26, in the Breakfast Room at the Blue Gate Garden Inn (formerly the Amish Country Inn), located at 800 S. Van Buren St. in Shipshewana.

America’s blood supply is an important piece of our country’s ability to respond to disasters. By donating blood, people can help prepare for the unexpected and help ensure blood is available when and where it’s needed.

“Any disaster, man-made or natural, can result in people being injured and needing blood,” said Sharyn Whitman, CEO for the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “While people often join together to help after a disaster, it’s just as important to be organized and prepared today for when disaster strikes.”

Making an appointment to donate blood during Disaster Education and Awareness Month this July is one way to help prepare for the unexpected. Another is to talk to friends and family about the importance of giving blood. A third is to consider volunteering at or sponsoring an American Red Cross blood drive.

Every day, hospitals need more than 39,000 blood donations for the care of serious diseases, accidents or trauma. And when disaster strikes, the need can be greater, depending on the severity and scope.

The Red Cross has the unique ability to move blood around the country through its National Inventory Management System, which helps meet patient need during times of disaster or shortages.

“Your blood donations through the American Red Cross help build a blood supply strong enough to meet every day and emergency medical needs,” Whitman stated. “It’s blood on the shelves today that helps save lives.”