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Hurricane Sandy Causes Blood Shortage

red cross logoThe effects of Hurricane Sandy are still being felt on the east coast as hundreds of previously scheduled blood drives had to be canceled, prompting local American Red Cross representatives to urge folks to donate blood to help erase the blood shortage caused by the storm.

Local Red Cross Donor Recruitment Representative Cathy Younger explains why Sandy's destruction affects us here in Kansas.

"When we have catastrophes like Sandy go on, we are unable to have blood drives in that part of the country," Younger said. "I think we lost about 350 blood drives, which comes up to about 12,000 pints of blood we lost just during that time. Unbelievably, every day in the United States we need 44,000 pints of blood to keep up with our hospitals."

The next opportunity to give blood in Russell will be at the Russell Community Blood Drive to be held Friday at the Fossil Creek Hotel and Suites from noon until 6 PM. Please call 1-800-RED-CROSS (733-2767) or go to www.redcrossblood.org to make an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome. 

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