Have a heart, donate blood

American Red Cross (WLFI Photo)
American Red Cross (WLFI Photo)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Since 1963, February has been proclaimed American Heart Month, which makes it the perfect time to donate blood for a worthwhile cause.

The American Red Cross states that each and every day hospital patients depend on blood donations from volunteer donors in order to meet the needs of ongoing emergency medical care.

Communications Manager, Tracy Fox, with the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the Red Cross stated in a press release, “Blood donations help many types of patients, including cardiac patients who are one of the leading users of blood and blood products. When individuals roll up their sleeve, they help build the blood supply. This is important anytime, but especially during the cold, wintry months when blood donations tend to decline. It’s important that the blood is on the shelf when hospital patients need a transfusion.”

Fox said donating blood, and sharing your good health with others less fortunate, is a great way to observe American Heart Month.

“We’re asking more people, young and old alike, to have a heart and give blood this February,” said Fox. “If you’re healthy and can give, your donation can help make a difference.”

Upcoming American Red Cross Blood Drives in the area:

  • Friday, Feb. 7 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Purdue University, Krannert School of Management Drawing Room, 403 W. State St. in West Lafayette
  • Wednesday, Feb. 12 – 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Ivy Tech Community College, 3101 S. Creasy Lane in Lafayette (Donate and receive a free T-shirt)
  • Monday, Feb. 24 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Purdue University, 400 Centennial Mall Dr. in West Lafayette

For more information on events or to schedule an appointment to donate, please call 800-RED CROSS or visit their website.

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