WEST VIGRINIA (WOAY)- As the American Red Cross responds to Hurricane Florence, providing food, shelter and comfort to those affected, blood and platelet donors are urged to give when it’s safe to travel to care for patients in the storm’s path and across the country.
People can also help by making a financial donation to support relief efforts.
Hurricane’s impact on blood and platelet donations
Hurricane Florence’s wrath left catastrophic damage behind and took a toll on blood and platelet donations. Nearly 200 Red Cross blood drives in the Southeast were forced to cancel, resulting in more than 5,200 uncollected blood and platelet donations. In Virginia, 34 blood drives were called off due to the storm, causing nearly 1,000 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected.
“Natural disasters like hurricanes can disrupt blood drives and prevent donors from giving, but hospital patients still depend on lifesaving transfusions,” said Cliff Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Blood Services. “There is an especially critical need for platelets to help cancer patients and type O blood donations for ongoing patient care and emergencies. Every donation can be a lifeline for patients.”
How to help
As conditions improve, donors of all blood types are urged to make an appointment to give blood or platelets and replenish the blood supply. Appointments can be made by using the Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Financial donations are also needed and allow the Red Cross to provide disaster relief immediately. Help people affected by Hurricane Florence by visiting RedCross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word FLORENCE to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Up-to-date information about how the Red Cross is responding to Hurricane Florence is available at RedCross.org.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities, Sept. 20-Oct. 15
9/24/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Lewisburg United Methodist Church, 214 E. Washington Street
10/2/2018: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Mount View High School, 950 MOUNT VIEW RD
9/21/2018: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Mercer Mall, 261 Mercer Mall Rd #322
10/5/2018: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Mercer Mall, 261 Mercer Mall Rd #322
9/20/2018: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Montcalm High School, 710 Simmons River Road
9/28/2018: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monroe County Public Library, 303 South Main Street
9/26/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Beckley Blood Donation Center, 200 Industrial Dr
10/3/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Beckley Blood Donation Center, 200 Industrial Dr
10/10/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Beckley Blood Donation Center, 200 Industrial Dr
10/15/2018: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., WVU Beckley Campus / Learning Resource Center, 512 South Kanawha Street
10/9/2018: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Appalachian Bible College, North Sandbranch
9/25/2018: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Summers County High School, One Bobcat Drive