Superstorm Sandy has forced the cancellation of approximately 300 American Red Cross blood drives in 14 states along the East Coast resulting in a shortfall of nearly 9,000 donations of blood and platelets so far.
The America Red Cross has a huge relief responsibility underway to respond to the storm, providing people across numerous states with a safe place to stay, food to eat and comfort during this difficult time. Maxine Margaritis, CEO for the American Red Cross Utah region, says the response to Sandy is very large and very costly and the Red Cross is badly in need of the public’s help.
She says people can make a financial donation by visiting <a href=”http://www.redcross.org”>www.redcross.org</a> by calling 1-800-733-2767.
Red Cross Communications Manager John Peterson says the storm may continue 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 throughout the week.
Peterson says when disaster strikes the need for blood does not diminish, even though blood donors in the affected areas may find it difficult or impossible to get to a convenient donation opportunity.
Peterson says to mitigate the donations lost due to blood drive cancellations the Red Cross is urging immediate blood and platelet donations in areas like ours that were unaffected by this storm.