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'Knock Out The Need' Red Cross blood drive returns Aug. 24 & 25

A decline in donations this summer has caused the Red Cross blood supply to shrink nearly 20%.

INDIANAPOLIS — Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood for surgeries, cancer treatments or injuries. But a decline in donations this summer has caused the Red Cross blood supply to shrink nearly 20 percent.

“We strongly encourage people not to wait until they hear there is a blood shortage to decide to donate blood,” said Julie Brady, Regional Donor Services Executive for the American Red Cross – Indiana Region. “Generous donors are the lifeline to many people who need blood transfusions to live.”

WTHR-TV is a strong partner in this effort to keep blood on the shelves.

“WTHR cares about the needs of our community, and we are proud to partner with the American Red Cross to address this urgent need for blood donations,” said Michael Brouder, WTHR president and general manager. “We hope our viewing audience joins us on this mission to save lives.”

With such a strong need for donations, the "Knock Out The Need" Blood Drive will take place Aug. 24 and 25.

The drive will go from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Connection Pointe Christian Church; 1800 N Green St #8188, Brownsburg, IN 46112
  • Phoenix Theatre, 705 N Illinois St., Indianapolis, IN 46204
  • Ivy Tech Community College, 200 Daniels Way, Bloomington, IN 47404
  • Our Lady of Greenwood Church, 335 S. Meridian St., Greenwood, IN 46143
  • Madison Park Church of God; 6607 Providence Dr., Anderson, IN 46013
  • First Friends Meeting, 1801 Zartman Rd., Kokomo, IN 46220

For more information on donating blood, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, call 1-800-733-2767, or click here.

You can also find tips for preparing to give blood from the American Red Cross Indiana Region at this link.

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