Hurricane Florence has forced the cancellation of many Red Cross blood donation drives and as the hurricane impacts the southeast there is an increased need for blood donation.
“I come here every three to four weeks to donate platelets because a lot of people need them and they don’t have a long shelf life so they need them when I can,” said James Merchant of Windsor Locks, Connecticut.
The Red Cross says that more than 1,445 blood and platelet donations will be canceled and more cancellations are expected over the coming days.
“When disasters hit it’s the blood that’s already on the shelves that makes the biggest impact immediately so we need to make sure we have our shelves stocked and ready to go,” said Red Cross District Manager Ana Parrelli.
Platelet and Type “O” positive blood donations are critically needed right now. The Red Cross says they must collect 13,000 blood donations each day to ensure patient needs are met at hospitals and transfusion centers across the country.
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