Blood donors sought to help South Bend blood shortage

The South Bend Medical Foundation has experienced a drop in inventory of blood and is asking eligible donors to come to one of their local locations.

Lately blood banks are seeing fewer donors coming, the South Bend Medical Foundation says they are barely meeting their goal of 61 donations per day.

Fewer donors means less blood to help hospitals in the area including Memorial Hospital, St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, and Elkhart General.

Officials say a number of things are keeping people away,

"We have noticed a drop in donations around this time of the year. we have a lot of people who are sick, a lot of snow birds who go down to warmer climates and so we have had a drop in donors in the last month this week for sure based on the weather."

The South Bend Donor Center, located at 530 Lafayette Blvd. is open to walk ins Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and 6:00 a.m. until 5: p.m. on Friday.

Folks in Mishawaka can go to the donation center on the corner of Main St. and Edison from 7:30 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., or the Elkhart Donor center on the lower level of Elkhart General Hospital on Wednesday and Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., or Thursday between noon and 8:00 p.m.

All of the donor centers are open on Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. until doors close at 2:00 p.m.

One pint of blood can be used to save up to three lives, and it only takes about 45 minutes to donate.

The South Bend Medical Foundation says any donor will automatically be entered into a March raffle to win one of two vacation packages valued at $1,000.

To schedule an appointment, visit www.GiveBloodNow.com or call the center at 574.234.1157.


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