This week will mark National Blood Donation week, and the recognition is being used to increase the supply of blood available to those in need.
The declaration for Indiana comes courtesy of Governor Mike Pence and runs September 4th through the 10th. The Red Cross continues to recover from a summer blood shortage, making the week leading up to Blood Donation Day on Saturday an ideal time to donate, according to those involved with the donations.
According to the Red Cross, Blood and Platelet donations are needed every day for patients with serious medical conditions such as accident and burn victims. Heart surgery patients and organ transplants are also in need of transplants.
In Marshall County, blood donation events will be taking place on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. Argos Elementary School will be hosting a blood drive Tuesday at 8:30 a.m.; Triton High School in Bourbon will be hosting an event on Wednesday at 8:30 a.m.; the Culver-Union Township Public Library will play host on Thursday at Noon; and Plymouth will be hosting blood drives on Tuesday at LifePlex between 2 and 7 p.m. and Saturday at the Indiana National Guard between 10:00 and 3:00 p.m.
LaPorte County will host a blood drive in Michigan City from Noon until 6:00 p.m. CT at St. John’s United Church of Christ.