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 redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).