Since 2006, the community of Milroy has hosted multiple blood drives for the Indiana Blood Center. A growing number of individuals generously chose to donate a pint of blood, many multiple times a year, and have done so for some time. According to long time donor and one of the organizers for the Milroy events Merrill Carrigan, 30 Milroy donors have given more than five gallons of blood during their lifetime, a figure that equates to 221 units of blood. One individual has donated more than five gallons of blood in their lifetime.
The rural community hosts six blood drives annually at the Milroy Methodist Church and not including their most recent effort, Anderson Township residents have donated 3,133 units of blood.
Seven churches in the area participate in collecting blood for the Indiana Blood Center (IBC): Moscow Christian Church, Big Flatrock Christian Church, four Amish churches and the aforementioned Milroy Methodist Church.
According to the IBC, Milroy is considered a model for other small communities in that although many communities, towns and organizations host blood drives, many rarely have the sustaining power or grow in their donor base. Milroy is one of the exceptions, not only has the number of donors (now more than 100), but the small Rush County community hosts six blood donor events a year.
The IBC recently said that of the roughly 2,000 active accounts statewide, Milroy has increased the number of donors by roughly 63 percent and currently ranks number two in the state for their collection efforts.
According to statistics released by the IBC, every two seconds someone needs blood and every 60 seconds, patients statewide use 36 units of blood - a total that nationally translates into 40,000 units of blood daily.
A pint of donated blood can be separated into four areas - red blood cells, plasma, platelets and cryoprecipitate - as a means to help separate individuals.
The Indiana Blood Center Mobile will return to Milroy April 8 and accept donations from 3 to 5 p.m. To schedule a time to donate a pint of blood or for additional information regarding the Milroy effort, interested parties are asked to call (765) 629-2354.
Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106.