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Several Blood Drives Planned in February

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February is American Heart Month, and Tracy Duncan Fox, Communications Manager, with the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the Red Cross says blood donations help many types of patients, including cardiac patients who are one of the leading users of blood and blood products.  “When individuals roll up their sleeve, they help build the blood supply. This is important anytime, but especially during the cold, wintry months when blood donations tend to decline. It’s important that the blood is on the shelf when hospital patients need a transfusion.”
Since 1963, the President of the United States has proclaimed February as American Heart Month. “Donating blood, and sharing your good health with others less fortunate, is a great way to observe this annual event,” Duncan Fox stated.
“We’re asking more people, young and old alike, to have a heart and give blood this February. “If you’re healthy and can give, your donation can help make a difference.”
There are several blood drives scheduled this week alone in northwest Indiana, including a couple in Lake County this afternoon... at the Taco Bell on Ridge Road in Hobart, and at the Highland Community Center.   For more info visit www.redcrossblood.org
UPCOMING AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVES IN THE REGION::
Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 1:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at Highland Parks & Recreation Center in the Classrooms, located at 2450 Lincoln St. in Highland.  Please go to redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code “hprec” to schedule your blood donation appointment.
Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Taco Bell, located at 8476 E. Ridge Road in Hobart. Come to donate and receive a coupon for one free taco courtesy of Taco Bell.
Thursday, Feb. 7, from 12:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at St. Matthias Church in the Hall, located at 101 Burell Drive in Crown Point.  Come to donate and receive a coupon for one free taco courtesy of Taco Bell.  This is a Blood of the Martyrs blood drive.
Friday, Feb. 8, from 7:45 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Hammond Area Career Center in the PDC Room, located at 5727 Sohl Ave. in Hammond.  Come to donate and receive a t-shirt.  This blood drive is sponsored by the Health Academy.
Saturday, Feb. 9, from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at Family Video, located at 295 S. Wisconsin St. in Hobart. Come to donate and receive a coupon for a free video rental courtesy of Family Video and a coupon for one free taco courtesy of Taco Bell. Please go to redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code “famvidhob” to schedule your blood donation appointment.
Saturday, Feb. 9, from 4:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at Family Video, located at 1208 E. Glen Park Ave. in Griffith. Come to donate and receive a coupon for a free video rental courtesy of Family Video. Please go to redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code “famvidgr” to schedule your blood donation appointment.
Sunday, Feb. 10, from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in the Hall, located at 218 S. Court St. in Crown Point.  Come to donate and receive a coupon for one free taco courtesy of Taco Bell.  Please call (219) 663-2255 or go to redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code “fpccrp” to schedule your blood donation appointment.
Monday, Feb. 11, from 1:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. at VFW Post 717, located at 10400 W. 93rd Ave. in Saint John.  Come to donate and receive a coupon for one free taco courtesy of Taco Bell.  Please go to redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code “vfw717” to schedule your blood donation appointment.
Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Everest College in Classrooms 207 & 208, located at 8585 Broadway #200 in Merrillville.  This blood drive is co-sponsored by Everest College and Chase Bank.  Please call 738-4150 to schedule your blood donation appointment. Come to donate and be entered into a drawing to win a $25 shopping spree.
The Merrillville Donor Center, located at 791 E. 83rd Ave. in Merrillville, is open every Monday from 12:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. and the first and third Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. until noon.
Calling all basketball fans!
This February, come to donate blood or platelets at a Red Cross blood drive or donor center and be entered into a Region-wide drawing to win the following package:
o   Two VIP tickets to the NCAA Sweet 16 and Elite 8 Midwest Regional games at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis (Friday, March 29 and Sunday, March 31). VIP tickets include early admission to the stadium, food, drink tickets and the chance to meet an NCAA legend.
o   A deluxe corner room at the new J.W. Marriott in Indianapolis for two nights (Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30).
o   A $250 Visa gift card to be used for other expenses such as meals, gas or parking or even souvenirs!
How to Donate Blood
To schedule an appointment to donate please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org for more information. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Individuals should bring their Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when they come to donate.
About the American Red Cross
The Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region serves northern and central Indiana and northwestern Ohio, and needs to collect about 500 units of blood a day to meet patient need in 60 hospitals.  The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org


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