Donating blood helps save lives in the emergency room - May 1, 2016

Courtesey of The Times • May 1, 2016

By Times Staff

May is Trauma Awareness Month and the American Red Cross urges the community to give blood or platelets to help ensure lifesaving blood products are available for trauma patients and others with serious medical needs.

Each year, trauma accounts for approximately 41 million emergency department visits and 2.3 million hospital admissions in the U.S., according to the National Trauma Institute. A single car accident victim can need as many as 100 units of blood.

Donors of all blood types are currently needed. Blood donation appointments can be scheduled by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling (800) RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation events:

7 to 11 a.m. Monday, Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus, 8701 Broadway, Merrillville

11 a.m. 4 p.m. Monday, Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus, 8701 Broadway, Merrillville

Noon to 5 p.m. Monday, Merrillville Blood Donation Center, 791 E. 83rd Ave., Merrillville

11 a.m.—4 p.m. Monday, Methodist Hospitals Northlake Campus, 600 Grant St., Gary

3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Bailly Elementary, 800 S 5th St., Chesterton

12 to 5 p.m. Monday, Calvary Church, 1325 E. Evans, Valparaiso

3:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Porter Lakes Elementary School, 208 S. 725 W., Hebron

1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Highland Parks & Recreation Center, 2450 Lincoln St., Highland

Noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, St. John’s United Church of Christ, 101 St. John Road, Michigan City

4 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Heritage Lutheran Church, 308 N Washington St., Valparaiso

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Kouts High School, 302 E. College Ave., Kouts

12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, St. Matthias Church, 101 Burell Drive, Crown Point

3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 505 Bullseye Lake Road, Valparaiso

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Bluebird Tattoo, 6230 Central Ave., Portage

9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Boys & Girls Club of Porter County—Valparaiso, 354 Jefferson St., Valparaiso

8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Merrillville Blood Donation Center, 791 E. 83rd Ave., Merrillville

Noon to 5 p.m. May 9, Merrillville Blood Donation Center, 791 E. 83rd Ave., Merrillville

Noon to 6 p.m. May 9, First Church of God, 2020 E. Lincolnway, LaPorte

2 to 6 p.m. May 9, Indian Trail Elementary School, 3214 S. County Road 104, LaPorte

1 to 6 p.m. May 10, Knights of Columbus, 13039 Wicker Ave., Cedar Lake

2 to 8 p.m. May 10, Franciscan Omni Health & Fitness Chesterton, 810 Michael Drive, Chesterton

2 to 6 p.m. May 10, United Methodist Church, 202 W. Church St., Hebron

7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 11, River Forest High School, 3300 Indiana, Hobart

1:30 to 5:30 p.m. May 11, River Forest High School, 3300 Indiana, Hobart

2 to 6 p.m. May 11, YMCA Valparaiso, 1201 Cumberland Crossing Drive, Valparaiso

2:30 to 6:30 p.m. May 11, Memorial Elementary School, 1052 Park Ave., Valparaiso

3 to 6:30 p.m. May 12, Immanuel Lutheran, 1237 E. Coolspring Ave., Michigan City

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 13, Washington Township High School, 381 E. ind. 2, Valparaiso

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 13, YMCA of Portage, 3100 Willowcreek Road, Portage

12:30 to 2:30 p.m. May 14, Wolf Lake, 2324 Calumet Ave., Hammond

8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 14, Tri County Bible Church, 5856 W. County Road 1050 South, Rensselaer

8 a.m.—10 a.m. May 14, Pathway Church Office, 11101 W. 97th Lane, St. John

1 to 7 p.m. May 16, St. Teresa of Avila, 1604 Lincolnway, Valparaiso

1 p.m.—6 p.m. May 16, St. John Township Community Center, 1515 Lincoln Highway, Schererville

1:30 to 5:30 p.m. May 16, St. John Kanty, 7012 N. County Road 600 East, Rolling Prairie

Noon to 5 p.m. May 16, Merrillville Blood Donation Center, 791 E. 83rd Ave., Merrillville

8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 18, Hobart High School, 2211 E. 10th St., Hobart

2 to 7:30 p.m. May 18, Hobart High School, 2211 E. 10th St., Hobart

8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 19, Jean Shepherd Community Center, 3031 Mahoney Drive, Hammond

1:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 19, Jean Shepherd Community Center, 3031 Mahoney Drive, Hammond

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 21, American Legion—Wheatfield, 11712 N. County Road 50 West, Wheatfield

10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 21, New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 730 W. Sixth St., Michigan City

8 a.m.—12 p.m., May 21, Merrillville Blood Donation Center, 791 E. 83rd Ave., Merrillville

12:30 p.m.—3:30 p.m. May 22, Munster Community Park, 8601 Calumet Ave., Munster

12 p.m.—5 p.m. May 23, Merrillville Blood Donation Center, 791 E. 83rd Ave., Merrillville

11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 23, US Army Recruiting Griffith, 226 W. Ridge Road, Griffith

11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 23, St. Peter Lutheran Church, 6540 Central Ave., Portage

1:30 to 5:30 p.m. May 23, VFW Post 717, 10400 W. 93rd Ave., St. John

2:30 to 6:30 p.m May 23., Hobart Community Center, 111 E Old Ridge Road, Hobart

1:30 to 5:30 p.m. May 24, Pine Elementary School, 1660 County Line Road, Michigan City

2 to 7 p.m. May 25, First Christian Church, 1507 Glendale Blvd., Valparaiso

1:30 to- 6:30 p.m. May 27, First United Methodist Church of Portage, 2637 McCool Road, Portage

2 to 6 p.m. May 27, 7700 Cabela Drive, May 27, Hammond

7 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 27, IU Health LaPorte Hospital, 1007 W. Lincolnway, LaPorte