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The American RedCross needs your help

 

 

Lansing, MI—October 29, 2012—Hurricane Sandy has already caused the cancellation of approximately 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 Red Cross has moved blood products to the areas most likely to be affected by Sandy so these products will be available during and after the storm.

 

“The Red Cross is urging immediate blood and platelet donations in areas unaffected by this storm,” said Todd Kulman, Communications Program Manager for the Great Lakes Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “It’s the blood that is already on the shelves that helps save lives before, during and after a disaster.”

 

The storm has the potential to 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.

 

Nationwide, around 44,000 blood donations are needed every day to meet the needs of accident victims, cancer patients, and children with blood disorders.  If collections are negatively impacted by a disaster, the long-term needs of these patients could also be affected. 

 

To schedule an appointment to donate blood or platelets, please visit us online at redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.  Please be aware the Red Cross anticipates unusually high call volume over the next several days from those directly affected by the storm and you may experience delays.

 

The following is a list of blood drives in your area:

 

CITY

DATE

LOCATION

SITE ADDRESS

HOURS

Charlevoix

10/31/2012

Charlevoix High School

5200 Marion Center Rd.

8:30 AM - 2:15 PM

Petoskey

11/02/2012

Petoskey Blood Donation Center

2350 Mitchell Park Drive

12:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Petoskey

11/06/2012

Petoskey High School Old Gym

1500 Hill Street

8:00 AM - 1:45 PM

Boyne Falls

11/08/2012

Boyne Falls School

01662 M-75 South

10:00 AM - 3:45 PM

Cheboygan

11/09/2012

St Thomas Lutheran Church

332 South Western Avenue

12:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Indian River

11/12/2012

Inland Lakes Middle School

5243 S. Straits

9:00 AM - 2:45 PM

Boyne City

11/14/2012

Concord Academy

00401 E. Dietz Road

10:00 AM - 3:45 PM

Charlevoix

11/15/2012

Community Reformed Church

100 Oak Street

12:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Harbor Springs

11/16/2012

Holy Childhood Parish Hall

150 W. Main

12:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Alanson

11/19/2012

Alanson Public Schools

7400 North Street

11:00 AM - 4:45 PM

Petoskey

11/21/2012

Petoskey Blood Donation Center

2350 Mitchell Park Drive

9:00 AM - 2:45 PM

Central Lake

11/26/2012

Central Lake High School

8190 W. State

12:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Ellsworth

11/27/2012

Ellsworth High School

9467 Park Street

12:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Mancelona

11/27/2012

North Central Academy

5055 Corey Road

2:00 PM - 6:45 PM

 

 

 

 

About the American Red Cross

The Great Lakes Blood Services Region serves 65 counties, and needs to collect about 700 units of blood a day to meet patient need in hospitals across the state. In addition to supplying about 40 percent of the nation’s blood, the American Red Cross teaches lifesaving skills, provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization—not a government agency—and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.

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