Hurricane Sandy has forced the cancellation of about 300 American Red Cross blood drives in 14 states along the East Coast, resulting in a shortfall of nearly 9,000 blood and platelet donations. Blood drives are scheduled starting Thursday in several counties in central Oklahoma.
“Just as Red Cross volunteers have mobilized to provide disaster relief and other emergency assistance, we are mobilizing blood and platelets donations to ensure patients have access to the potentially lifesaving blood products they need,” said Steve Nagle, CEO of the Red Cross Southwest Region.
“When you donate blood or platelets through the Red Cross, you can help patients in your local community and patients across the country, including those in Hurricane Sandy's path.”
The Red Cross partners with more than 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country. While the hurricane affects the number of people available to donate, patients will still need blood and platelets despite the weather.
All blood types are needed, especially type O positive, O negative, A negative or B negative. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit www.redcrossblood.org 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. People who are at least 17 years old (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate. High school students and other donors 18 and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Blood drive schedule:
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 8 at the University of Oklahoma's Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity House, 701 College Ave. in Norman.
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at the University of Oklahoma's Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity House, 701 College Ave.
2 to 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at American Red Cross Norman Chapter, 1205 Halley Drive.
1 to 6 p.m. Thursday at American Legion Post 58, 123 N First St. in Guthrie.
1 to 6 p.m. Monday at American Red Cross Stillwater Chapter, 114 W. Eighth Ave.
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday at Oklahoma State University's Gamma Phi Beta House, 1405 W Third St.
12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 501 N Broadway in Shawnee.
How to Help
The Red Cross has mobilized disaster volunteers and is providing safe shelter from Hurricane Sandy to thousands of people in the storm's path.
To help people affected by disasters, make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions can also be sent to a local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013.