After Hurricane Sandy forced the cancellation of hundreds of blood drives along the East Coast causing a shortfall of thousands of donations. Area residents are invited to help boost donations by taking part in upcoming blood drives.
"The holiday season is just around the corner, and the American Red Cross asks everyone to support its mission by giving something meaningful -- hope for those in need," said Alan Gibson, American Red Cross communications program manager. "A blood donation is a gift that doesn't cost a thing."
Local blood drives will be held at George's in Butterfield from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27 and at Bank of American in Cassville from 11 a.m. yo 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30.
All blood types are needed. Donors must be 17 years of age or older, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in generally good health. High school students and donors 18 years of age and younger must meet additional height and weight requirements.
Community members interested in donating can call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification will be required at check-in.
"Blood donors have generously stepped up to help in the aftermath of the storm, and the Red Cross reminds eligible donors to continue their support by scheduling an appointment to give blood," said Gibson. "There may be no greater gift to give this year than one that can help disaster victims."
The American Red Cross continues to accept monetary donations to assist individuals impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Contributions are used to provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance.
Donationas can be made online, by telephone or by texting "REDCROSS" to 90999.
The American Red Cross supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood. The not-for-profit organization also teaches skills that saves lives, provides international humanitarian aid and supports military members and their families.