American Red Cross issues call for emergency blood platelet donors

INDIANAPOLIS — The American Red Cross issued an emergency request for platelet and blood donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give because many fewer donations than expected were received in June and the first week of July.“We are counting on generous volunteer blood and platelet donors to step up and give now,” said Sharyn Whitman, CEO, Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region. “Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Each day donations come up short, less blood is available for these patients in need.”Nationwide, donations through the Red Cross were down approximately 10 percent in June, resulting in about 50,000 fewer donations than expected. The shortfall is similar to what the Red Cross experienced in June 2012.June can be among the most challenging months of the year for blood and platelet donations as regular donors delay giving while they adjust to summer schedules.

Upcoming local blood donation opportunities:

•Thursday, July 11, from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Churubusco United Methodist Church in the Fellowship Hall, located at 750 N. Main St. in Churubusco.•Wednesday, July 24, from noon until 4 p.m. at Northeastern REMC in the Conference Room, located at 4901 E. Park 30 Drive in Columbia City.•Wednesday, July 24, from 1 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at South Whitley Public Library in the Lower Level, located at 201 E. Front St. in South Whitley. •Thursday, July 25, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in the Community Room, located at 605 N. Forest Parkway in Columbia City.To read the rest of this story, see the July 10 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.