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Florence Heightens Need for Blood, Platelets
By WestKyStar & American Red Cross Staff
PADUCAH - Thousands of lifesaving blood donations have gone uncollected due to drive cancellations forced by the hurricane, but patients still need critical medical care 

As the American Red Cross responds to Hurricane Florence, providing food, shelter and comfort to those affected, individuals outside the affected areas are urged to help by giving blood or platelets 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 Florence’s wrath left catastrophic damage behind and also 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. 

“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.”

Donors of all blood types are urged to help restore hope to patients across the country by making an appointment today to give blood or platelets. 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
Calvary Baptist Church, 121 Kentucky Ave. Princeton, KY. 42445
10/4/2018: noon - 6 p.m.

St. John's Episcopal Church, 1620 West Main St. Murray, KY. 42071
9/20/2018: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Lowe's Home Improvement Murray, 1400 Lowes Drive, Murray, KY. 42071
10/12/2018: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Fulton City High School Gym, 700 Stephen Beale Drive, Fulton, KY. 42041
9/21/2018: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Mayfield City Hall, 211 E. Broadway, Mayfield, KY. 42066
9/20/2018: 7 a.m. – noon

American Legion, 211 S. 7th, Mayfield, KY. 42066
9/25/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Trace Creek Baptist Church, 3577 State Route 131, Mayfield, KY. 42066
10/10/2018: 1 - 6 p.m.

First United Methodist Church, 210 S. Washington St. Clinton, KY. 42031
9/24/2018: noon - 6 p.m.

Lyon County High School, 209 Fairview Ave. Eddyville, KY. 42038
10/2/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

South Marshall Fire Department, 8280 Aurora Hwy. Benton, KY. 42025
10/9/2018: 2 - 7 p.m.

First Christian Church, 2515 South Main St. Benton, KY. 42025
10/15/2018: 2 - 6 p.m.

First Baptist Church, 307 Massac Creek Road, Metropolis, IL. 62960
10/8/2018: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Drive, Paducah, KY. 42001
9/20/2018: 11:45 a.m. - 6:15 p.m.
9/21/2018: 8:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
9/22/2018: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
9/23/2018: 7:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
9/24/2018: 11:45 a.m. - 6:15 p.m.
9/25/2018: 8:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
9/27/2018: 11:45 a.m. - 6:15 p.m.
9/28/2018: 8:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
9/29/2018: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
9/30/2018: 7:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
10/1/2018: 11:45 a.m. - 6:15 p.m.
10/2/2018: 8:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
10/4/2018: 11:45 a.m. - 6:15 p.m.
10/5/2018: 8:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
10/6/2018: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
10/7/2018: 7:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
10/8/2018: 11:45 a.m. - 6:15 p.m.
10/9/2018: 8:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
10/11/2018: 11:45 a.m. - 6:15 p.m.
10/12/2018: 8:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
10/13/2018: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
10/14/2018: 7:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Lourdes Hospital, 1530 Lone Oak Road, Paducah, KY. 42003
9/26/2018: 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

First Christian Church, 415 Audubon Drive, Paducah, KY.  42001
10/1/2018: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Reidland United Methodist Church, 5515 Reidland Drive, Paducah, KY. 42003
10/14/2018: 11:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Drive, Paducah, KY. 42001
10/15/2018: 11:45 a.m. - 6:15 p.m.

First Church of God, 322 North Washington St. East Prairie, MO. 63845
9/28/2018: 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

New Madrid Community Center, Mills and Parks St. New Madrid, MO. 63869
10/11/2018: 1:30 - 5:30 p.m.

First Baptist Church, 409 Morgan St. Anna, IL. 62906
10/11/2018: noon - 6 p.m.

Cobden High School, 413 N. Appleknocker Drive, Cobden, IL. 62920
10/1/2018: 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Dongola Unit School District # 66, 1000 High St. Dongola, IL. 62926
10/2/2018: 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit RedCross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Published 10:25 PM, Sunday Sep. 23, 2018
Updated 10:31 PM, Sunday Sep. 23, 2018

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