EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSBLOOD DONATIONS NEEDED
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Red Cross Urging Blood Donations As Storm Passes Through
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Oct. 29, 2012 5:59 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
As communities brace for Hurricane Sandy's arrival, the American Red urges immediate blood donations in areas unaffected by this storm and asks that community members consider donating blood in affected areas once the storm passes through and it's safe to do so.
John Hagins, chief executive officer of the Greater Alleghenies Blood Services Region, said in a news release that the Red Cross has moved blood products to the areas most likely to be affected by Sandy so that these products will be available during and after the storm.
"Sandy has already caused the cancellation of several Red Cross blood drives along its path, including in our 100-county service area, resulting in a shortfall of several hundred units of blood and platelets thus far," Hagins said. "The storm has the potential to cause power outages and flooding in many areas along the East Coast, which will most likely result in the cancellation of additional blood drives and platelet donations throughout the week."
To donate blood, simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. Locally, you may give blood at the following locations:
Upcoming Blood Drives (all are open to community blood donors):
**2RBC before the blood drive listing indicates double red donations are scheduled at that blood drive
Tuesday, Oct. 30
Huntington: 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., American Red Cross Donation Center, 1111 Veterans Memorial Blvd.
**2RBC** Jackson, Ohio: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Jackson High School, 500 Vaugh St.
**2RBC** Portsmouth, Ohio: Noon to 6 p.m., All Saints Episcopal Church, 610 4th St.
Wednesday, Oct. 31
Charleston: Noon to 6 p.m., American Red Cross Donation Center, 4501 MacCorkle Avenue SE
**2RBC** New Boston, Ohio: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Vern Riffe Community Center, 3980 Rhodes Ave.
**2RBC** Parkersburg: Noon to 6 p.m., American Red Cross Donation Center, 3210 Dudley Ave.
South Charleston: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Kanawha Valley Community & Technical College, 2001 Union Carbide Drive
Thursday, Nov. 1
**2RBC** Clendenin: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Herbert Hoover High Sschool, 275 Elk River Road, S.
**2RBC** Huntington: 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Central City Elementary, 2100 Washington Ave.
**2RBC** Ironton, Ohio: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Rock Hill High School, 2415 County Road 26
**2RBC** Jackson, Ohio: Noon to 6 p.m., First Church of the Nazarene, 251 Powell Drive
Friday, Nov. 2
**2RBC** Ashland, Ky.: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Central Fire Station, 1021 Carter Ave.
**2RBC** Charleston: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., American Red Cross Donation Center, 4501 MacCorkle Ave. SE.
**2RBC** Hurricane: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hurricane High School, 3350 Teays Valley Road
**2RBC** Parkersburg: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., American Red Cross Donation Center, 3210 Dudley Ave.
Saturday, Nov. 3
Fort Gay: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fort Gay Middle School, Vancouver and Court streets
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