posted Nov 7, 2012, 6:55 AM by Erica Penick
The American Red Cross Has Issued A Call for Blood Donations in the Wake
of Hurricane Sandy
- Hurricane Sandy has forced the cancellation of
approximately 365 American Red Cross blood drives in 14 states along the
East Coast, resulting in a shortfall of nearly 12,200 units of blood and
platelets as of Friday, November 2nd.
- While Sandy will decrease the number of people
available to donate in the affected areas, hospital patients still need blood
and platelets despite the weather.
- Every day, the Red Cross must collect more than
17,000 pints of blood for patients at more than 3,000 hospitals and
transfusion centers across the country. Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs a blood transfusion.
- Your effort can make a significant impact in
someone’s life. Blood and platelets
are needed for many different reasons. It could be used for the little
girl with a rare blood disorder, a family member fighting cancer, or a
friend involved in a car accident. A supply shortage means that blood may
not be available when it’s needed most.
On Saturday, November 17, 2012 SUMC will host its annual blood drive from 9:00am - 2:00pm (NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY). We hope not only will YOU support this blood drive but also spread the word to colleagues, neighbors, family, and friends. Here are a few tips
on how you can improve donor turnout and help to boost the blood supply this fall
- Use a personal approach and ask everyone:
face-to-face contact works best
- Let donors know their help is needed now
- Get your leadership support
- Promote on social media outlets - Facebook,
- Get the word out through all communication
channels - email, newsletters, bulletin boards, stuffers, etc.
- Ask your regular donors to recruit a friend to
- Send appointment reminders to donors who are
scheduled to donate
The Red Cross is grateful to those who are responding to this emergency call for help. If a donor
cannot make it to the Saturday, November 17 blood drive at SUMC encourage them to schedule an appointment for a more convenient time by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or
visit www.redcrossblood.org to find
another blood donation opportunity.