Donations encouraged during summer months

INDIANAPOLIS — America’s blood supply is an important piece of the country’s ability to respond to disasters. By donating blood, people can help prepare for the unexpected and help ensure blood is available when and where it’s needed. Making an appointment to donate blood during Disaster Education and Awareness Month this July is one way to help prepare for the unexpected. Blood drives are scheduled for:•Wednesday, July 24, from noon to 4 p.m. at Northeastern REMC in the Conference Room, located at 4901 E. Park 30 Drive in Columbia City. •Wednesday, July 24, from 1 to 6:30 p.m. at South Whitley Public Library in the Lower Level, located at 201 E. Front St. in South Whitley. •Thursday, July 25, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Columbia City United Methodist Church in the Community Room, located at 605 N. Forest Parkway in Columbia City. How to Donate BloodTo schedule an appointment to donate please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit for more information. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in Indiana and Ohio), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.