Blood Shortage During Summer Months


Published 06/29 2014 07:05PM

Updated 06/30 2014 09:18AM

The American Red Cross has a critical need for blood this summer.  To help with the cause, the Blue Knights partnered with the Red Cross with a "Ride for the Red" motorcycle ride Sunday in Fort Wayne.  WFFT's Brooke Welch was at the ride, and has more details on how you can get involved.

The Blue Knights is a group of law enforcement that like to ride motorcycles and help others.  President of the Blue Knights of Indiana II Bob Wilcox says donating blood is important. "We have more and more crashes involving, well, motor vehicles as well as motorcycles.  And blood supply, well, we need that blood supply to save lives."

Almost 100 riders rode on Sunday to support a children's charity and the Red Cross.

Judi Loomis is on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross and says they have critical shortages during the summer months due to vacations and a change in schedules.  "Across the board, any blood is needed.  We need people who have never given blood before, to come in and do it to take their place, and hopefully, they'll keep doing it throughout the year." 

Events like this, also bring in people just by seeing the signs.  Mitchell Chung was driving on Illinois Road, saw the buses, and pulled over to donate.  "It's just such an easy way to give back, and it takes maybe a half hour of your time tops.  And you're really donating to save other people's lives in the long run."

Chung encourages everyone to donate.  "If you have a fear of needles, it lasts maybe two seconds of a poke.  And then it's just kind of a weird feeling being in your arm, and it really doesn't hurt that much.  And it's a really small sacrifice, again, that I think you can make to help other people out." 

If you would like to donate blood to save three lives, you can contact the American Red Cross. 

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