Red Cross Asks for Help in Kansas
Blood and Donations are Needed as a Result of East Coast Weather
Sandy has forced the cancellation of about 100 American Red Cross blood drives in 11 states along the East Coast, resulting in a shortfall of more than 3,200 units of blood and platelets thus far.
The storm may cause power outages and flooding in many areas along the East Coast, which will most likely result in the cancellation of additional blood drives and platelet donations throughout the week.
While Sandy will affect the number of people available to donate, hospital patients still need blood and platelets despite the weather. The Red Cross is urging immediate blood and platelet donations in areas unaffected by this storm.
There are multiple blood drives scheduled in the Kansas Capital Area in the upcoming weeks:
Friday, Nov. 2
Abilene Blood Drive
St. Andrews Parish Hall
311 S. Buckeye
Tuesday, Nov. 6
Kansas Neurological Institute, Topeka
Wednesday, Nov. 7th
Wamego High School
Wednesday, Nov. 7
Clay Center Blood Drive, Catholic Parish Center
Friday, Nov. 9
The impact of Sandy will be large and blood will be in desperate need for several weeks. People are encouraged to schedule an appointment to donate blood by visiting www.redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
For those who are not able to give blood but would like to help people affected by Sandy, they may donate by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. This is a large, costly response, and the Red Cross needs help now. A financial gift enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected.