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Hurricane Matthew: Roll Up a Sleeve to Replenish the Blood Supply

Hurricane Matthew dealt a devastating blow to communities in the southeastern United States. The storm and its aftermath also forced the cancellation of approximately 110 blood drives in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, resulting in nearly 3,500 uncollected blood and platelet donations.

Right now, we have an emergency need for platelets donations. Platelets, a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients, must be transfused within five days of donation and, therefore, are always in demand.

Eligible blood and platelet donors are urged to make an appointment as soon as possible to help replenish the blood supply for patients in need. Appointments can be made by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent 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 more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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