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Season of giving lasts for a lifetime


American Red Cross provides options for holiday giving

Food. Shelter. Comfort. Hope.

In a season filled with giving, there’s a multitude of ways you can give back to your community through your American Red Cross.

Upcoming American Red Cross blood drives in LaGrange County include:

·     Tuesday, Dec. 18, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Maple Grove Church in the Fellowship Hall, located at 806 S. Main St. in Topeka.  Please call (260) 463-5044 to arrange transportation to this blood drive.

·     Thursday, Dec. 27, from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at Parkview LaGrange Hospital, located at 207 N. Townline Road in LaGrange.

“The gift you give today will be there for the patient needing blood, the family needing shelter, or the child who needs a hug and a blanket,” said Sharyn Whitman, CEO for the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “Your gifts of time, blood or money can help save the day down the street, across the country and around the world.”

As a humanitarian organization led by volunteers, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster and to help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. As part of that mission, the Red Cross also provides about half of the nation’s blood supply through voluntary blood donations.

Volunteers are always needed, Red Cross officials say, to work in areas related to disaster relief, health and safety, and providing emergency communications to military members and their families. Volunteers are also needed to coordinate and sponsor blood drives or simply roll up their sleeves and give blood or platelets. People can help, too, by sharing motivational stories about their experiences with the Red Cross—either through the organization’s web site, or by joining the conversation on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

“You’re needed in whatever ways you chose to give,” said Whitman. “Not a day goes by that we don’t hear from the people, families, and communities who benefit from your kindness.”

To learn more about blood and platelet donation, find a blood drive near you or schedule a donation appointment, please visit For information on other ways you can give back to your community this holiday season and beyond, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

Come to donate Dec. 1 – 31 and be entered into a region-wide weekly drawing for a $250 gasoline gift card.