Red Cross urges blood donations as Hurricane Sandy forces blood drive cancellations Print
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Written by Ben Corey   
Tuesday, 30 October 2012 13:00

Hurricane Sandy continues to bear down on the East Coast of the United States and has now forced the cancellation of approximately 300 Red Cross blood drives resulting in a shortfall of nearly 9,000 units of blood and platelets. That number is expected to grow as Sandy is causing power outages and flooding in many areas along the East Coast.

The Red Cross shipped blood products into the affected areas ahead of the storm and now urges eligible donors in unaffected areas, like ours, to roll up their sleeves and give blood to replenish supplies. Just as Red Cross disaster workers from across the country have mobilized to help, blood donated through the Red Cross can help patients locally as well as patients in areas affected by Sandy.

Attached is a news release with more information about the need for blood and platelets as well as how people can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Please let me know if you have any questions, would like to schedule an interview, or need additional information.

Thank you,

Ben Corey
Communications Program Manager
American Red Cross

Mid-America Blood Services Division
405 W. John H. Gwynn Jr. Ave.
Peoria, IL 61605
o. 309-636-4284 | c. 309-634-1385

 

Upcoming Blood Drives

Carroll County
Oct. 31 from 8:30 am- 2:30 pm, West Carroll High School, 500 Cragmoor Drive in Savanna, Ill.

Nov. 15 from 1-6 p.m. at Milledgeville First Brethren Church, 521 N. Main Ave. in Milledgeville,
Ill.

Clinton County
Nov. 8 from 12-6 p.m. at Prince of Peace Catholic Academy, 312 S. Fourth St. in Clinton, Iowa

The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Give blood.™

Henry County
Nov. 1 from 12-6 p.m. at First United Methodist Church South Campus Building, 302 N. State
St. in Geneseo, Ill.

Nov. 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Woodhull Alwood High School, 301 E. Fifth in Woodhull, Ill.

Nov. 8 from 2-6 p.m. at St. John's Vianney Church, 313 S. West St. in Cambridge, Ill.

Nov. 14 from 2-6 p.m. at First Christian Church, 105 Dwight St. in Kewanee, Ill.

Mercer County
Nov. 9 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Sherrard High School, 4701 176th in Sherrard, Ill.

Whiteside County
Oct. 30 from 10 am- 2 pm, Halo Branded Solutions, 1980 Industrial Drive in Sterling, Ill.

Oct. 31 from 2 pm- 6 pm, Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St.
in Rock Falls

Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fulton High School, 1207 12th St. in Fulton, Ill.

Nov. 3 from 6:30-11:30 a.m. at CGH Medical Center, 100 E. LeFevre Road in Sterling, Ill.

Nov. 6 from 8-11 a.m. at River Bend Senior Center, 912 Fourth St. in Fulton, Ill.

Nov. 7 from 2-6 p.m. at Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St. in Rock Falls, Ill.

Nov. 8 from 3-8 p.m. at Tampico United Methodist Church, 202 Lincoln Ave. in Tampico, Ill.

Nov. 12 from 1-6 p.m. at Prophetstown-Lyndon-Tampico CUSD No. 3, 79 Grove St. in
Prophetstown, Ill.

Nov. 13 from 1-5:15 p.m. at River Bend Senior Center, 912 Fourth St. in Fulton, Ill.

Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St. in Rock
Falls, Ill.

How to Help
The Red Cross has mobilized disaster volunteers and is providing safe shelter from Hurricane
Sandy to thousands of people in the storm’s path. The Red Cross is working closely with federal,
state and local government officials, as well as community partners to coordinate response
efforts.

To help people affected by disasters like this, as well as countless crises at home and around the
world, make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the
Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in
response to disasters. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS
to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to a local American Red Cross
chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

Red Cross Apps

The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Give blood.™

The free Red Cross Hurricane App for mobile devices provides real-time hurricane safety
information such as weather alerts and where Red Cross shelters are located. The app also
features a toolkit with a flashlight, strobe light and alarm, and the one-touch “I’m Safe” button
lets someone use social media outlets to tell family and friends they are okay. The Hurricane
App is available in Spanish. Users just need to make sure the language setting on their smart
phone is set to Spanish before downloading. The First Aid app puts expert advice for everyday
emergencies in someone’s hand. The apps can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google
Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross.

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.

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