The American Red Cross is reporting Super Storm Sandy has forced the cancellation of more than 300 blood drives in 14 states along the east coast, resulting in a shortfall of nearly 9,000 blood and platelet donations.
"Just as Red Cross volunteers have mobilized to provide disaster relief and other emergency assistance, we are mobilizing blood and platelet donations to ensure patients have access to the potentially lifesaving blood products they need," said Christy Sabaka, Communications Program Manager with the Red Cross. "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 affected by Hurricane Sandy."
All blood types are needed to ensure an adequate blood supply is available during a disaster, especially type O positive, O negative, A negative or B negative blood.
Here are some up coming blood drives in our area if you are looking to donate:
Today from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm at First Lutheran Church, 109 E. Lincoln St., Findlay, OH 45840.
Today from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Kalida High School & Community, 301 N. Third Street, Kalida, OH 45853.
Tomorrow from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Holy Family â?? St. Nicholas Youth Group, 201 Main Cross St., Miller City, OH 45864.
People in the city of Toledo looking to donate can go to The Executive Parkway Donor Center located at 3510 Executive Parkway. They are open Tuesday to Thursday from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm, Friday, 7:00 am to 4:00 pm and Saturday, 7:00 am to 2:00 pm.