RED CROSS: Blood and platelet donations needed in Sandy's aftermath

RED CROSS: Blood and platelet donations needed in Sandy's aftermath

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.

Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit <> to make an appointment or for more information. 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 in generally 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.

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 for locations and times.

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