The affects of Hurricane Sandy are being felt days after the storm has passed. Over 325 American Red Cross blood drives have been canceled in 13 states and the District of Columbia due to the storm and its aftermath, causing a shortfall of more than 11,000 blood donations. More impending cancellations are anticipated.
American Red Cross is urging eligible donors to give blood or platelets as soon as they are able in order to make up for the loss. All blood types are needed, especially type O positive, O negative, A negative or B negative blood.
Blood donors are required to bring their driver's license or two other forms of identification with them, high school students or individuals who are 17-years-old must meet certain weight, height and health requirements if they want to donate blood.
Blood donations are essential since around 44,000 blood donations are required each day to provide help to accident victims, cancer patients and children with blood disorders. In response to the devastation that Sandy has left behind, The American Red Cross is participating in a huge disaster response, providing food, shelter and comfort across the 13 states that were hit.
For information or to make an appointment, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org.