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Red Cross needs blood, platelets after Hurricane Dorian

BY KAYLA ROBINS kayla@theitem.com
Posted 9/12/19

While the American Red Cross worked nonstop to support those affected by Hurricane Dorian, the storm forced blood donation centers and blood drives to be closed.

This resulted in an increased need for blood and platelet donations.

"In South …

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Red Cross needs blood, platelets after Hurricane Dorian

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While the American Red Cross worked nonstop to support those affected by Hurricane Dorian, the storm forced blood donation centers and blood drives to be closed.

This resulted in an increased need for blood and platelet donations.

"In South Carolina alone, we had to cancel dozens of blood drives due to Hurricane Dorian, and when we have to cancel blood drives, we lose out on some of our collection," said Maya Franklin, external communications manager at the American Red Cross. "We had about 1,100 blood and platelet donations that went uncollected as Dorian made approach along the Carolina coastline."

The Red Cross urges those who are eligible to help give blood or platelets to ensure patients around the country have access to lifesaving blood.

People can help by making a financial donation to support relief efforts as well.

American Red Cross will be at Shaw Air Force Base and Sumter to collect blood and platelet donations on the following dates:

Shaw AFB:

- Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 428 Shaw Drive, Building 806.

Sumter:

- Sept. 18, from 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Lakewood High School, 350 Old Manning Road

- Sept. 26, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church, 219 W. Calhoun St.