September 22, 2014

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Red Cross seeks blood donors to help with storm relief effort

CLEVELAND — American Red Cross officials are hoping blood donors step up in the next few weeks as the organization copes with the cancellation of three blood drives in northern Ohio, resulting in a shortfall of more than 100 blood and platelet donations.

“As our community recovers from the storm, we need to help the blood supply recover, too,” said Christy Sabaka, communications program manager, of the Red Cross Northern Ohio Blood Services Region. “It was the blood on the shelves that helped save patients’ lives when the hurricane hit and it will be the blood on the shelves when the next disaster — large or small — strikes.”

All blood types are needed to ensure an adequate blood supply is available during a disaster, especially type O positive, O negative, A negative or B negative.

Call (800) RED CROSS — (800) 733-2767 — or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.

Upcoming blood drives:

• 2 to 6 p.m. today, Medina Community Recreation Center, 855 Weymouth Road.

• 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Medina United Methodist Church, 4747 Foote Road, Medina Township.

• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, HealthSource Chiropractic and Progressive Rehab, 1659 Pearl Road, Brunswick.

• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Litchfield Township Fire Station, 9487 Norwalk Road.

• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 8, Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital, 195 Wadsworth Road, Wadsworth.

The Northern Ohio Blood Services Region also has five donation centers where blood and platelet donors can give. Visit redcrossblood.org/northernohio for locations and times.