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Red Cross Helps as Northeast Digs Out from Storm

Winter Storm

As people in the Northeast begin to shovel out after the blizzard, the American Red Cross is helping, making sure people have food and a safe place to stay.

More than 340 people spent Tuesday night in Red Cross and independent shelters in Massachusetts, where the Red Cross opened or supported 24 shelters and is working with state and local partners to coordinate the recovery from the storm. Several emergency response vehicles are coming in from New York to help. Red Cross workers also served more than 4,800 meals and snacks in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

PLEASE GIVE BLOOD About 100 blood drives were canceled because of this storm, resulting in more than 3,300 uncollected blood and platelet donations. This is on top of a collections shortfall of several thousand donations due to storms earlier this month.

Donors in unaffected areas can help by making and keeping blood and platelet donation appointments to help ensure blood is available for those who need it. Those with type B negative or O negative blood are especially encouraged to give.

Donors in affected areas are urged to give blood or platelets as soon as travel is deemed safe.

You can make an appointment to give blood online at or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

To give blood, someone must be at least 17 years of age, meet weight and height requirements and be in general good health. Donors should bring their Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID with them. Some states allow 16-year-olds to give with parental consent.

STAY SAFE Governors in New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine declared emergencies in their states. People are urged to stay indoors. The Red Cross has steps people can follow to stay safe during this storm. This information is available here.


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