GREENCASTLE -- Area individuals and organizations can share in honoring America's volunteers this spring by donating blood at the Greencastle area blood drive scheduled April 11-12.
National Volunteer Week, which runs April 10-16, celebrates the millions of people who dedicate themselves to taking action to help better their communities.
"Everywhere you look, you'll find a story about ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary things through volunteer service, including blood donation," Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross CEO Sharyn Whitman said. "And that's cause for celebration."
Area residents can celebrate by donating blood Monday, April 11, or Tuesday, April 12, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., in the ballroom of the DePauw University Union Building, 313 S. Locust St., Greencastle.
Donors' names will be entered on a daily drawing to win a $100 Visa gift card.
At the American Red Cross, volunteers constitute 96 percent of the total workforce needed to carry out the organization's humanitarian mission.
Approximately 155,000 volunteers assist Red Cross staff in collecting 40 percent of the nation's blood supply from about 4 million volunteer blood donors.
In addition, more than a half million people annually deliver Red Cross services in areas such as disaster relief, health and safety training and support to military members and their families.
Individuals who are 17, meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.
Those attending are encouraged to bring their Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive identification.
To schedule an appointment to donate blood, persons may call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or log on to www.redcrossblood.org for more information.