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Public encouraged to donate blood around Thanksgiving

Some say Thanksgiving should be more than just a single day. When you donate blood through the American Red Cross, you can give thanks for a lifetime.

“As you reflect on what you are grateful for this holiday season, set aside time to come donate blood,” said Tracy Fox, spokesperson for the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “Your donation can give someone another moment, another day, another holiday to spend with love ones and friends. And that’s something to feel thankful for.”

Patients rely on blood from volunteer donors. In fact, patients across the U.S. need more than 44,000 pints of blood each day to treat emergency and ongoing medical conditions. Locally, about 500 blood donations are needed daily for patients in the more than 60 hospitals served by the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the Red Cross.

But while the need for blood is constant, the supply of blood sometimes isn’t. Blood donations can dip around the holidays, making it important for donors to make and keep appointments to ensure a strong and stable blood supply for sick and injured people.

“If you want to express your gratitude this holiday season and do something meaningful for others, try blood donation,” said Fox, “Someone, maybe in your very community, will need blood this holiday season and will be thankful for the gift of life you can give.”

Upcoming American Red Cross Blood Drives:

·        Saturday, Nov. 23, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Wells Fargo Bank, 245 Morton St. in Shipshewana.

·        Friday, Nov. 29, from 1-5 p.m. in the Special Events Room at Blue Gate Garden Inn, 800 S. Van Buren St. in Shipshewana.  All who come to donate will receive an American Red Cross t-shirt, while supplies last.

To schedule an appointment to donate, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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 height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Donors should bring a Red Cross Blood Donor card or other form of positive ID to the donation site.