American Red Cross Encourages Continued Support to Replenish Blood Supplies
Lansing, MI—November 2, 2012—The American Red Cross is continuing its efforts to reschedule cancelled blood drives and increase donor turnout to help replenish blood supplies following Superstorm Sandy.
Through October 31, Superstorm Sandy has forced the cancellation of about 360 Red Cross blood drives in 13 states and the District of Columbia, resulting in a shortfall of approximately 12,000 blood and platelet donations. While the public has been very supportive so far, additional donors are needed to make up for the shortfall caused by the storm.
“We urge blood and platelet donations in areas unaffected by Sandy and ask that community members consider donating blood in affected areas once it’s safe to do so. Every two seconds, someone in our country needs a blood transfusion, and it’s the blood that is already on the shelves at the hospital that helps to save lives before, during and after a storm or disaster,” said Todd Kulman, Communications Program Manager for the Great Lakes Blood Services Region.
Nationwide, an average of 44,000 blood donations are needed each and every day to meet the needs of accident victims, cancer patients, and children with blood disorders. These patients and others rely on blood products during their treatment. This need does not diminish when disaster strikes.
Please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment to donate blood. Platelet donations must be scheduled in advance by calling 1-866-725-2140 to donate at the Lansing and Flint donor centers.
How to Donate Blood
Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are generally in good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
To help support the Red Cross Disaster Relief effort:
- To donate visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
- Your gift enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected.
- Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.