Blood drives cancelled

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.

Overall, more than 100 Red Cross blood drives were cancelled because of the storm representing a loss of as many as 3,200 units of blood and platelet products.

The Red Cross is asking eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood or platelets as soon as they are able, especially in places not affected by the storm.

Also, because the large response to Hurricane Sandy is costly, the Red Cross is asking for monetary donations to help provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected.

To schedule a blood donation time or get information about giving blood, people can visit or call 1-800-733-2767.

All blood types are needed to ensure an adequate blood supply is available during a disaster, especially O positive, O negative, A negative or B negative.

To donate money, text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 gift. Contributions may also be sent to the American Red Cross of the Mahoning Valley, 661 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren, OH 44483, or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013.

Source: Red Cross

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