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Hurricane Sandy: Blood Donations Needed By Red Cross

The non-profit organization puts out a call for people in areas not affected by the hurricane to donate blood

The American Red Cross is sending out a desperate plea for blood donations in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

The donations are needed not only because of the injuries caused by the powerful storm but also because 300 blood drives were cancelled in 14 East Coast states on Monday and Tuesday.

The cancellations have resulted in a shortfall of 9,000 blood and platelet donations.

“Just as Red Cross volunteers have mobilized to provide disaster relief and other emergency assistance, we are mobilizing blood and platelets donations to ensure patients have access to the potentially lifesaving blood products they need,” said Jeff Meyer, CEO of the Red Cross Northern California Blood Services Region. “When you donate blood or platelets through the Red Cross, you can help patients in your local community and patients across the country, including those in Hurricane Sandy’s path.”

The Red Cross partners with more than 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country.

All blood types are needed right now. For more information on how to donate, go to redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-REDCROSS.

Red Cross Leadership Council Member October 30, 2012 at 03:20 PM
If you would like to help people affected by these disasters, you can make a donation today to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation
Gregory M. Musantry October 30, 2012 at 03:51 PM
If you are looking to donate to the victims of Hurricane Sandy, check out http://DonationsForSandy.com/. This website will save you time when researching how to donate. We have been through tough times before. But the American people are always tough. We always come out on top because we pull together, because we look after one another, because we leave nobody behind.

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