Red Cross requests blood donations in wake of shortages caused by Sandy

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 | 4:55 p.m. CDT; updated 5:00 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, October 30, 2012

COLUMBIA — The Red Cross is asking for blood donations to help combat shortages caused by Sandy.

Dan Fox, communications manager for the Red Cross' Missouri-Illinois blood services region, said the organization had to cancel about 300 blood drives on the East Coast, which has resulted in a shortfall of 9,000 blood platelets. That shortage may increase in the coming days.

Fox said it would take thousands of donors to replace the donations lost. 

"In Columbia, we're asking donors to roll up their sleeves and donate blood to us to ensure that blood supplies are stable not just in our region but on the East Coast as well," Fox said.

The Red Cross Donor Center in Columbia is located at 1511 S. Providence Road. To schedule an appointment, call 800-733-2767.

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.


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