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FWA Blood Drive To Ensure A Stable Blood Supply Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

The community is invited to help dreams take flight by giving blood at the Fort Wayne International Airport blood drive with the American Red Cross Wednesday, May 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the airport in Fort Wayne.

With no known end date to the coronavirus fight, the American Red Cross is encouraging healthy individuals to make appointments to donate blood to ensure blood remains readily available for patients who still rely on transfusions.

“We are honored to host another blood drive at Fort Wayne International Airport,” said Scott Hinderman, Executive Director of Airports. “The need for blood is constant and we are proud to partner with the American Red Cross to help our community, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The need for blood for trauma patients, children battling cancer, mothers experiencing childbirth complications, patients with sickle cell disease and others continues. Donated blood has a limited shelf life of 42 days for red cells and just five days for platelets, so the supply must constantly be replenished.

Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff – have been implemented to safeguard donors, volunteers and employees.

“These days it seems like we’ve hit the pause button on many activities, but the need for blood doesn’t stop,” said Zak Bernath, donor recruitment account manager for the Red Cross. “Giving blood is considered an essential service and donations must continue. We are appreciative of the Fort Wayne International Airport for supporting this important community event and providing space for people to give blood.”

Healthy individuals who are feeling well are asked to make an appointment to donate by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.

Fort Wayne International Airport Blood Drive

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

3801 Ferguson Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46809

Sponsor code: fwairport

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device 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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at or use the Blood Donor App.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.