WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – As Mother Nature makes changes into spring, the American Red Cross encourages area residents to be a part of change, too.
Tracy Fox, spokesperson for the American Red Cross Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region, said spring is about rejuvenation and research studies show that the increase in temperature is a major mood booster.
“The need for blood remains constant, especially as the weather becomes warmer,” said Fox in a press release. “A single blood donation can save more than one life. So, as the season changes allow some change within yourself by getting into the habit of donating blood.”
The actual donation process only takes about 8 to 12 minutes. According to Fox, the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region needs to have at least 500 blood donors each week in order to meet the needs of patients in the hospitals it serves.
“Strong donor turnout in April and May can give us good momentum into summer,” said Fox. “Approximately 38% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood, but only eight percent of those eligible – or three percent of the general population – donates blood each year.”
The Red Cross reports, patients across the U.S. need an average of 44,000 units of red blood cells, which is about 16 million donations transfused to 5 million patients each year.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 800-RED CROSS or visit the American Red Cross website.
If you would like to donate to the American Red Cross, the upcoming blood drives with date, time and location information is as follows.
- April 30, noon to 5:30 p.m. – Fowler United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 908 E. 12th Street, Fowler
- April 17, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Hall, 352 W. Clinton Street, Frankfort
- April 24, noon to 6 p.m. – Clinton Prairie High School, Multi-Purpose Room, 2400 S. County Road 450 West, Frankfort
- April 24, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Darlington United Methodist Church, basement, 201 Harrison Street, Darlington
- April 25, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Hoosier Heartland State Bank, 1661 U.S. 231 South, Crawfordsville
- April 22, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Purdue University Krannert School of Management, Drawing Room, 403 W. State Street, West Lafayette
- April 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Club NewTone, 725 Sagamore Parkway North, Lafayette
- April 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Zion Bethel Family Center, Meeting Room, 415 S. Third Street, Monticello
The American Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers for success. The organization supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood.
In addition, the Indiana Blood Center is also holding blood drives in the month of April. To view those events, click here.