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As the American Red Cross responds to Hurricane Florence, providing food, shelter and comfort to those affected, blood and platelet donors are urged to give when it’s safe to travel to care for patients in the storm’s path and across the country. People can also help by making a financial donation to support relief efforts.
Hurricane Florence’s wrath left catastrophic damage behind and took a toll on blood and platelet donations. Nearly 200 Red Cross blood drives in the Southeast were forced to cancel, resulting in more than 5,200 uncollected blood and platelet donations. In North Carolina, 56 blood drives were called off due to the storm, causing more than 2,000 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected.
“Natural disasters like hurricanes can disrupt blood drives and prevent donors from giving, but hospital patients still depend on lifesaving transfusions,” said Cliff Numark, senior vice president of Red Cross Blood Services. “There is an especially critical need for platelets to help cancer patients and type O blood donations for ongoing patient care and emergencies. Every donation can be a lifeline for patients.”
As conditions improve, donors of all blood types are urged to make an appointment to give blood or platelets and replenish the blood supply. Appointments can be made by using the Blood Donor app, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Financial donations are also needed and allow the Red Cross to provide disaster relief immediately. Help people affected by Hurricane Florence by visiting RedCross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word FLORENCE to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Upcoming blood drives include:
Oct. 4 — 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Wilson Community College, 902 Herring Ave.
Oct. 9 — 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 NW
Oct. 13 — 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., West Nash United Methodist Church Wilson, 2106 W. Nash St.
Oct. 4 — 3-7 p.m., Momeyer Baptist Church, 4967 Momeyer Way (Nashville address)
Sept. 24 — 3-7 p.m., Bethlehem Baptist Church, 305 S. Halifax Road
Sept. 29 — 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., St. James Missionary Baptist Church, 527 E. Thomas St.
Oct. 2 — 3-7 p.m., Grace Baptist Church, 8923 West Mount Drive
Oct. 2 — 3-7 p.m., St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1217 Bethlehem Road
Oct. 2 — 3-7 p.m., Parkwood Baptist Church, 1731 Hunter Hill Road
Oct. 3 — 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Rocky Mount Preparatory School, 3334 Bishop Road
Oct. 8 — 10:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Outback Steakhouse, 210 Gateway Blvd.
Oct. 8 — 4-7 p.m., Planet Fitness, 1271 Cobb Corners Drive
Oct. 11 — Noon to 6 p.m., Englewood Presbyterian Church, 100 S. Englewood Drive
Oct. 12 — 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Englewood Presbyterian Church, 100 S. Englewood Drive
Oct. 11 — 12:30-5 p.m.,Braswell Center, 1500 Western Blvd.