Here’s a way to give this season: Donate blood

Information from American Red Cross

Blood and platelet donations are traditionally low during the holiday season. Unfortunately, the need for them does not slow down; accidents and other emergencies, surgeries, illnesses. The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give life to patients now and into the new year.

All blood types are needed. Platelet donations are especially encouraged the first week of the new year, which is among the most difficult times to collect enough platelets to meet patient needs. Donation appointments may be quickly scheduled by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Those who donate Dec. 21 through Jan. 7 will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

Upcoming LaPorte County blood drives

Hanna

12/23/2017: 8 a.m. – noon, Hanna United Methodist Church, 101 W. Hopper St.

LaPorte

12/20/2017: 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Anytime Fitness LaPorte, 59 Pine Lake Ave.

1/4/2018: noon – 6 p.m., St. Joseph Church, 109 C St.

1/8/2018: noon – 6 p.m., First Church of God, 2020 E. Lincolnway

1/12/2018: 2:30 – 6:30 p.m., Kingsbury Elementary School, 802 W 400 South

Michigan City

12/20/2017: 3:30 – 5:30 p.m., Anytime Fitness, 4112 S. Franklin St.

12/26/2017: 12:30 – 4:30 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. 4th St.

12/29/2017: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Franciscan St. Anthony Health, 301 W. Homer St.

1/2/2018: noon – 6 p.m., St. John’s United Church of Christ, 101 St. John Rd.

1/5/2018: 8 – 11 a.m., Vanair, 10896 W 300 N

1/5/2018: 1 – 3 p.m., Culver’s Michigan City, 3967 Frontage Rd. North

Wanatah

12/30/2017: 7 a.m. – 12 p.m., Sacred Heart Church, 204 N. Ohio St.

Westville

12/18/2017: 12:30 – 5:30 p.m., Family Life Center, 154 Main St.

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