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Monday, December 31, 2012 - 12:01 am

Blood drives

American Red Cross blood drives for January:

*3-7 p.m. Wednesday, Third Place gymnasium, 1601 W. Cedar Canyon Road, Huntertown

*3-7 p.m. Thursday, Precious Blood Catholic Church, 1515 Barthold St. Donors will receive a coupon for a free doughnut from Dunkin' Donuts. This blood drive is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. Call 489-3977 for an appointment.

*9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, United Methodist Church of the Covenant meeting room, 10001 Coldwater Road. Donors will receive a coupon for a free doughnut from Dunkin' Donuts. Call 438-2801 for an appointment.

*8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Concordia Lutheran Church, Centennial Hall, 4245 Lake Ave. Call 482-9815 for an appointment.

*9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, St. Joseph Catholic Church cafeteria, 2213 Brooklyn Ave.

*8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, St. Joseph Catholic Church recreation hall, 11337 Old U.S. 27 S. Call 615-6168 or email for an appointment.

*11 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 8, Parkview Hospital cafeteria, 2200 Randallia Drive. Donors will receive a coupon for a free doughnut from Dunkin' Donuts.

*12:45-3:15 p.m. Jan. 10, Lowe's, 6931 N. Lima Road. Call 497-9040 for an appointment.

*2-4:30 p.m. Jan. 10, Kroger, 6002 St. Joe Center Road. Call 492-2045 for an appointment.

*1-6 p.m. Jan, 11, Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana, Learning Center A&B, 10008 Dupont Circle Drive E. Donors can enjoy Girl Scout cookies in the refreshment area.

*2-8 p.m. Jan. 14, Grabill Missionary Church gymnasium, 13637 State St., Grabill. Call 260-466-3213 for transportation.

* Fort Wayne Donor Center, 1212 E. California Road. Traditional whole-blood or double-red cell donation: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Tuesday; noon-6 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday; and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

* Platelet pheresis donation (call 1-800-589-8127 or 480-8299): 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday; 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday; 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday; 6:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday; 6:30 a.m.-noon Saturday; and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday.

* Lutheran Hospital Donor Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite 107. Traditional whole-blood or platelet pheresis donation, but no platelet pheresis on Wednesdays: noon-6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 6 a.m.-noon Thursday through Saturday, except noon-6 p.m. the second Thursday of the month. For details, or to register, call 1-800-733-2767, or go to

Rotaract, Rotary sponsor blood drive

Rotaract Club members and the Rotary Club of Fort Wayne will sponsor a Community Blood Drive 2-7 p.m. Thursday at the American Red Cross Donation Center, 1212 E. California Road. Local musicians will be entertain 3-6 p.m. Donors will receive Regal Cinema movie passes and enjoy snacks and beverages. Donating takes about 45 minutes and walk-in appointments are accepted. The event is free and open to the public.

Lutheran cancer support groups

Lutheran Cancer Resource Center, 7910 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite 109, 435-7584, will hold the following support groups in January: 1 p.m. Jan. 8 and 22, smoke buster's; 4 p.m. Jan. 8, ovarian/gyn; 6 p.m. Jan. 8, brain tumor; 5:30 p.m. Jan. 15, breast cancer; 4 p.m. Jan. 16, head and neck; 4 p.m. Jan. 17, lymphoma/leukemia/multiple myeloma; 4 p.m. Jan. 21, survivorship; 6 p.m. Jan. 22, ostomy; and 4 p.m. Jan. 24 recurrent metastatic.

— By Natalia Bethea of The News-Sentinel