Hurricane Sandy forced the cancellation of three American Red Cross blood drives in Northern Ohio, resulting in a shortfall of more than 100 blood and platelet donations. Now that the storm has passed, the Red Cross urges eligible area donors to make an appointment to give blood or platelets as soon as they are able.
"As our community recovers from the storm, we need to help the blood supply recover, too," said Christy Sabaka, Communications Program Manager, of the Red Cross Northern Ohio Blood Services Region. "It was the blood on the shelves that helped save patients' lives when the hurricane hit and it will be the blood on the shelves when the next disaster - large or small - strikes."
All blood types are needed to ensure an adequate blood supply is available during a disaster, especially type O positive, O negative, A negative or B negative blood.
October 31, 2012 from 12 pm to 6 pm at Barlow Community Center, 41 South Oviat, Hudson, OH 44236
October 31, 2012 from 2 pm to 7 pm at Old South UCC, 9802 Chillicothe Rd., Kirtland, OH 44094
November 1, 2012 from 1:30 pm to 6 pm at Lakefront Community Center, 1 Bliss Lane Euclid, OH 44123
November 1, 2012 from 1 pm to 7 pm at Rocky River Civic Center, 21016 Hilliard Rd., Rocky River, OH 44116
The Northern Ohio Blood Services Region also has five donation centers across the region where blood and platelet donors can give. Visit redcrossblood.org/northernohio for locations and times.
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