It’s officially summer and with all the outdoor fun and increased travel this season brings, blood donations to the American Red Cross typically drop dramatically. The Red Cross sees about two fewer donors at every blood drive between the Memorial Day and Labor Day holidays.” The need for blood however, remains the same. “More than 41,000 blood donations are needed each day.” Transfusions are used to fight disease, assist accident victims and treat patients undergoing cancer treatment. An adult typically has 10 pints of blood, and approximately one pint is removed during a donation.
The All American Blood Drive is planned for July 1, 2, 3, and 5 at two local donation centers. Both will be open for extended hours on those days.
Fort Wayne Donor Center, 1212 California Drive (across from the Coliseum)
- Tuesday, July 1 to Thursday, July 3: 9a.m. to 7p.m.
- Saturday, July 5: 8a.m. to 1p.m.
Lutheran Hospital Donor Center, 7900 West Jefferson Blvd., (Southern Lobby)
- Tuesday, July 1: Noon to 6p.m.
- Thursday and Saturday, July 3 and 5: 6a.m. to Noon
Donors can make an appointment online at redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800 RED CROSS. Please bring a donor card or a driver’s license. All presenting donors will receive a commemorative Red Cross t-shirt while supplies last and be offered hot dogs and ice cream in the refreshment area. Both centers will be closed on July 4 for the Independence Day holiday).