As the American Red Cross works around the clock supporting those impacted by Hurricane Dorian, providing food, shelter and comfort, individuals outside the affected areas are urged to help by donating blood, according to an announcement by the organization's Mohawk Valley chapter.
Blood donations are needed, the chapter says, to ensure that patients in the storm’s path and around the country have access to lifesaving blood.
Hurricane Dorian forced the closure of blood donation centers and the cancellation of blood drives in its path up the Southeast and mid-Atlantic coastline, causing blood and platelet donations to go uncollected.
When blood donations are disrupted in a region of the country, the Red Cross is able to move blood donations where they are needed most.
Donors of all blood types are urgently needed to ensure a sufficient supply for patients — however, type O and B blood donors are especially needed, the Red Cross added.
People can make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.
Financial donations are also needed and allow the Red Cross to make a difference in the lives of people impacted by Hurricane Dorian. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word DORIAN to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Financial donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
Friday, Sept. 27, 1-6 p.m., Town of Trenton Municipal Center, 8520 Old Poland Road;
Friday, Sept. 20, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Rome Memorial Hospital, 1500 N. James St.;
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Mohawk Valley Community College, 1101 Floyd Ave.; and
Friday, Sept. 27, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., St John's Lutheran Church, 502 W. Chestnut St.
Monday, Sept. 16, 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Utica College Student Activities, 1600 Burrstone Road;
Wednesday, Sept. 18, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mohawk Valley Community College, 1101 Sherman Drive;
Tuesday, Sept. 24, 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., SUNY Polytechnic Institute - Student Center, 100 Seymour Road;
Thursday, Sept. 26, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saint Elizabeth’s Medical, 2209 Genesee St.
Thursday, Sept. 19, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Waterville High School, 381 Madison St.
Friday, Sept. 20, 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Westmoreland Fire Department, 100 Station Road.
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.
The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For information, visit redcross.org.