Type O positive and type O negative donors especially needed; here are upcoming local drives

The American Red Cross has extended its urgent call for donors of all blood types to give blood or platelets. With influenza escalating across the country and preventing some donors from giving, and winter weather threatening to cancel blood drives, the Red Cross now has a critical shortage of type O positive and negative blood and urgently needs donors to restock the shelves.

Type O positive blood is the most transfused blood type and can be given to Rh-positive patients of any blood type. While just 7% of the U.S. population has type O negative blood, it can be transfused to patients with any blood type and is what hospital staff reach for during emergencies when there isn’t time to determine a patient’s blood type.

Here are upcoming blood drives in La Porte County:

La Porte

1/24/2020: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m., La Porte Hospital, 1007 W. Lincolnway
1/31/2020: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., La Porte High School, 602 F Street
2/5/2020: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Sacred Heart Church, 201 Bach Street
2/10/2020: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., First Church of God, 2020 East Lincolnway
2/12/2020: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Horizon Bank, 710 Indiana Ave

Michigan City

1/28/2020: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Marquette High School, 306 W 10th Street

1/28/2020: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Franciscan Health Michigan City, 3500 Franciscan Way, in the Blessed Maria Theresia Bonzel Community Room.

2/4/2020: Noon-6 p.m., St. John’s United Church of Christ, 101 St. John Road

Rural drives
1/26/2020: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Conservation Club House, 1 Mill Pond Road
2/7/2020: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., South Central Junior-Senior High School, 9808 S 600 W
2/7/2020: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., South Central Junior-Senior High School, 9808 S 600 W

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