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Red Cross: Blood, platelet donations needed in wake of Hurricane Florence

Thousands of lifesaving blood donations have gone uncollected due to drive cancellations forced by the hurricane, but patients still need critical medical care 

 

(September 20, 2018) — As the American Red Cross responds to Hurricane Florence, providing food, shelter and comfort to those affected, blood and platelet donors are urged to give when it’s safe to travel to care for patients in the storm’s path and across the country. People can also help by making a financial donation to support relief efforts. 

 

Hurricane’s impact on blood and platelet donations  

Hurricane Florence’s wrath left catastrophic damage behind and took a toll on blood and platelet donations. Nearly 200 Red Cross blood drives in the Southeast were forced to cancel, resulting in more than 5,200 uncollected blood and platelet donations.  In North Carolina, 56 blood drives were called off due to the storm, causing over 2,000 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected.  

 

“Natural disasters like hurricanes can disrupt blood drives and prevent donors from giving, but hospital patients still depend on lifesaving transfusions,” said Cliff Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Blood Services. “There is an especially critical need for platelets to help cancer patients and type O blood donations for ongoing patient care and emergencies. Every donation can be a lifeline for patients.” 

 

How to help 

As conditions improve, donors of all blood types are urged to make an appointment to give blood or platelets and replenish the blood supply. Appointments can be made by using the Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS  (1-800-733-2767). 

 

Financial donations are also needed and allow the Red Cross to provide disaster relief immediately. Help people affected by Hurricane Florence by visiting RedCross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word FLORENCE to 90999 to make a $10 donation. 

 

Up-to-date information about how the Red Cross is responding to Hurricane Florence is available at RedCross.org.  

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities, Sept. 20-Oct. 15 

 

NC 

 

Beaufort 

 

Belhaven 

10/5/2018: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Bethany United Methodist Church, 2766 S. Savannah Road 

 

Chocowinity 

9/27/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Cypress Landing Home Owner Association, Cypress Landing Bay Club, 100 Marina Drive 

 

Washington 

10/8/2018: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Turnage Theater, 150 W. Main Street 

10/10/2018: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Washington Montessori School, 2330 Old Bath Hwy 

10/11/2018: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Beaufort Community College Building 10, 5337 Hwy 264 E. 

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Bertie 

 

Windsor 

9/24/2018: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Windsor Community Building, 201 S. Queen Street 

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Carteret 

 

Beaufort 

10/8/2018: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Ann Street United Methodist Church, 500 Ann Street 

 

Harkers Island 

10/12/2018: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints, 1007 Island Road 

 

Morehead City 

9/20/2018: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Carteret Health Care, 3500 Arendell St., PO Box 1619 

9/25/2018: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, Carteret, 1604 Arendell St. 

10/3/2018: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Anytime Fitness, 4913 Bridges St. 

10/4/2018: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries, 3441 Arendell St. 

10/12/2018: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 3606 Country Club Road 

10/15/2018: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., First United Methodist Morehead City, 900 Arendell St. 

 

Newport 

9/21/2018: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Newport Moose Lodge, 456 Roberts Road 

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Craven 

 

Cove City 

9/23/2018: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Wintergreen Free Will Baptist Church, 2175 Wintergreen Road 

 

Havelock 

9/25/2018: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Planet Fitness, 514 U.S. Hwy 70 West 

9/28/2018: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Lewis S. Redd Building, 102 Middle School Lane 

10/5/2018: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Havelock Moose Family Center, 1007 East Main Street 

 

New Bern 

9/20/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 1125 Pine Tree Drive 

9/21/2018: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 1125 Pine Tree Drive 

9/22/2018: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., No. 7 Township Fire Department, 1705 Old Cherry Point Road 

9/25/2018: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Planet Fitness, 2662 Dr. MLK Jr. Blvd 

9/28/2018: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Township 6 Fire Department, 109 Carolina Pines Blvd 

10/6/2018: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., New Bern Mall, 3134 Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard 

10/13/2018: 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Dayspring Christian Center, 1246 Pollocks St. 

 

Vanceboro 

9/29/2018: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., VFW Post 11119, 102 First Street 

10/1/2018: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Craven Correctional Institution, 600 Alligator Road 

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Duplin 

 

Chinquapin 

9/25/2018: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Sharon Baptist Church, 2775 Hwy 41 S. and Hwy 50 

 

Faison 

9/23/2018: 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Faison Fire & Rescue Inc., 108 SW Center Street 

 

Warsaw 

10/1/2018: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Smithfield, 2822 Hwy 24 West 

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Lenoir 

 

Deep Run 

9/28/2018: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., South Lenoir High School, 335 Highway 11 South 

 

Kinston 

9/25/2018: 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Lenoir Community College Waller Building, 231 Hwy 58 South 

9/30/2018: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., Bethel Free will Baptist Church, 1936 Banks School Rd. 

10/3/2018: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Woodmen Community Center, 2602 West Vernon Ave 

10/5/2018: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., North Lenoir Fire and Rescue -Station 1, 2147 Fred Everett Road 

10/8/2018: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Southwood Memorial Christian Church, 1027 Hwy. 58 South 

10/9/2018: 12:30 p.m. – 5 p.m., Kinston Public Service Complex, 2360 Hwy 258 South 

10/10/2018: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Lenoir UNC Health Care, Airport Road 

 

La Grange 

9/24/2018: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., LaGrange Community Center, 410 E. Washington Street 

10/6/2018: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Walnut Creek Original Free Will Baptist Church, 138 N Beston Road 

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Martin 

 

Hamilton 

9/29/2018: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Hamilton Fire Department, 408 S. Front Street 

 

Robersonville 

10/4/2018: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., South Creek High School, 21077 NC 903 

 

Williamston 

10/2/2018: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Martin County Auditorium/Riverside High School, 1260  Godwin Avenue 

10/2/2018: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Martin County Sheriff’s Department, 305 East Main Street 

10/3/2018: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Bear Grass Charter Academy, 6344 E. Bear Grass Road 

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Onslow 

 

Jacksonville 

9/21/2018: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., SECU Jacksonville, 114 North Palin Road 

9/22/2018: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Lafayette Masonic Lodge, 305 Chaney Avenue 

10/2/2018: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Jacksonville Fire Department #1, 206 Marine Blvd. 

 

Richlands 

10/7/2018: 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Richlands First Baptist Church, 100 Rand Street 

 

Swansboro 

10/1/2018: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Swansboro First Baptist Church, 614 West Corbett Ave 

10/11/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Cape Carteret Aquatic & Wellness Center, 300 Taylor Notion Rd 

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Pamlico 

 

Grantsboro 

9/21/2018: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Grantsboro Town Hall, 10648 NC Highway 55 

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Pitt 

 

Ayden 

10/7/2018: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Ayden Christian Church, 462 2nd Street 

 

Greenville 

9/20/2018: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., ECU Challenge – HLTH vs. KINE, East 5th Street, East Carolina University 

9/21/2018: 7:15 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Eastern North Carolina Blood Donor Center, 700 Cromwell Drive 

9/22/2018: 7:15 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Eastern North Carolina Blood Donor Center, 700 Cromwell Drive 

9/23/2018: 7:15 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Eastern North Carolina Blood Donor Center, 700 Cromwell Drive 

9/24/2018: 11:45 a.m. – 6:45 p.m., Eastern North Carolina Blood Donor Center, 700 Cromwell Drive 

9/26/2018: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., ECU Mendenhall, West 10th Street, East Carolina University 

9/27/2018: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Vidant Medical Center, 2100 Stantonsburg Road 

9/28/2018: 7:15 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Eastern North Carolina Blood Donor Center, 700 Cromwell Drive 

9/29/2018: 7:15 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Eastern North Carolina Blood Donor Center, 700 Cromwell Drive 

9/30/2018: 7:15 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Eastern North Carolina Blood Donor Center, 700 Cromwell Drive 

9/30/2018: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 2700 East 4th Street 

10/1/2018: 11:45 a.m. – 6:45 p.m., Eastern North Carolina Blood Donor Center, 700 Cromwell Drive 

10/1/2018: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Kappa Alpha House, 500 East 11th Street 

10/3/2018: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., ECU Mendenhall, West 10th Street, East Carolina University 

10/5/2018: 7:15 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Eastern North Carolina Blood Donor Center, 700 Cromwell Drive 

10/6/2018: 7:15 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Eastern North Carolina Blood Donor Center, 700 Cromwell Drive 

10/7/2018: 7:15 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Eastern North Carolina Blood Donor Center, 700 Cromwell Drive 

10/8/2018: 11:45 a.m. – 6:45 p.m., Eastern North Carolina Blood Donor Center, 700 Cromwell Drive 

10/9/2018: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., ECU Mendenhall, West 10th Street, East Carolina University 

10/10/2018: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Brody School of Medicine, 600 Moye Blvd 

10/10/2018: 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Greenville Aquatics and Fitness Center, 921 Staton Road 

10/11/2018: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., ECU Mendenhall, West 10th Street, East Carolina University 

10/12/2018: 7:15 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Eastern North Carolina Blood Donor Center, 700 Cromwell Drive 

10/12/2018: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Eastern Pines Church of Christ, 3380 Portertown Road 

10/13/2018: 7:15 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Eastern North Carolina Blood Donor Center, 700 Cromwell Drive 

10/14/2018: 7:15 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Eastern North Carolina Blood Donor Center, 700 Cromwell Drive 

10/15/2018: 11:45 a.m. – 6:45 p.m., Eastern North Carolina Blood Donor Center, 700 Cromwell Drive 

 

Grifton 

10/15/2018: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Lighthouse Mennonite Church, 1281 Honolulu Road 

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Washington 

 

Plymouth 

10/14/2018: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Plymouth Church Of Christ, 905 Washington Street 

 

How to donate blood 

A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. 

 

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App. 

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