Ride for Red helps low summer blood donations

Bikers prepare to take off for the 60 mile ride benefiting abused children and the Red Cross.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Sunday was the fourth annual Ride for the Red sponsored by the Blue Knights of Indiana II.

The Blue Knights are a law enforcement motorcycle club. People who participated in the 60.2 mile charity ride helped raise funds for the Dr. Bill Lewis Center for Children which caters to abused children. The Blue Knights also partnered with the American Red Cross which held a blood drive during the ride. The Red Cross had a unit goal of 21. Representatives said they were about a third of the way to reaching their goal by the time the ride took off at 11 a.m.

Judi Loomis, who’s on the board for the American Red Cross of Northeast Indiana, said summer is a critical time for donations. The donations are especially low during summer months and holidays because people take vacations and are out of town, or regular donors just don’t give as often. She said they have an adequate supply, but if a crisis happens, they would be in short supply. Loomis said when one person gives a pint of blood he or she saves three lives.

The Red Cross will be participating in another Ride for Red event on August 2 at Brandt’s Harley Davidson in Wabash, and they will also have their blood mobiles out at the Three Rivers Festival beginning on July 11.

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