By Deonta Larkins
INDIANAPOLIS – The regional chapter of the American Red Cross set up operations at the Statehouse Wednesday to collect blood donations from Indiana lawmakers, state employees and other volunteers.
The blood drive drew a steady stream of donors, including Sen. Phil Boots, R-Crawfordsville. When asked how many times he has donated, he replied, “I don’t know. I was up in the three-gallon range.”
A banner thanking all volunteers for their donation. Photo by Taylor Brown, TheStatehouseFile.com
Boots said he gives blood because it is important and it saves people lives. “I have plenty to give, so I’m just going to share it.”
Duchess Adjei, Red Cross regional communications director, said she was excited about the Statehouse blood drive, one of the biggest her organization holds.
“Really, every single year it increases, so we are really fortunate to be with everyone today at the Statehouse,” Adjei said.
She said this is their main blood drive, but the local chapter of the Red Cross hosts drives throughout the month and in all parts of the state. March is Red Cross Month, a time to celebrate for the organization and all its volunteers, she added.
The American Red Cross has blood that stays in the state, but they have the ability to transfer that blood to different parts of the state and different parts of the country.
To donate blood, go to redcrossblood.org to receive more information on specific blood drives across the state.
Deonta Larkins is a reporter for theStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.