Red Cross to Host Fallen Officers Blood Drives
Campaign honors fallen officers, raises awareness of need for blood
Throughout the month of June, the American Red Cross will participate in the statewide Fallen Officer Blood Drive Campaign. This is the fourth year the Red Cross will host blood drives across Indiana to honor fallen officers and raise awareness of the need for blood.
Janice Starnes, whose husband Sergeant Daniel Starnes was killed in the line of duty in 2001, founded the campaign and continues to organize it each year. “Most encouraging,” Starnes says, “is that the blood drives continue to grow and our officers are not forgotten thanks to the people who come to give blood in their memory.”
Last year, every county in Indiana held at least one Fallen Officer blood drive and a total of 4,980 units of blood were collected. This year, the goal is to surpass 2009 collections and honor men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
“Unfortunately, three new names were added to our list of Indiana fallen officers since last summer. This blood drive campaign helps ensure they are not forgotten while also raising awareness of the dangers officers face every day and the need for blood,” says Starnes.
Please click here to find a Fallen Officer Blood Drive in your area
How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
About the American Red Cross
Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation's blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.