Volunteers and financial donors have responded generously to help people affected by Florence. Florence has created another need that requires equally generous donors: the need for blood and platelets. More than 170 American Red Cross blood drives had to be cancelled in the areas Florence affected. As a result, more than 4600 platelet and blood donations weren’t collected.
You can help make up for that loss.
If you’re able, make an appointment to donate blood. Visit http://www.redcross.org/ to find out more or to find a blood drive close to you. You can schedule a donation appointment this Web site; by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App; or by calling 1-800-Red Cross (1-800-733-2767). You can also recruit family and friends to donate blood. You could even host a blood drive yourself!
RapidPass® is a newer process the American Red Cross is using to make blood donation faster and easier than ever. RapidPass® enables you to complete pre-screening the morning of a donation straight from your smartphone, which reduces wait time once you’re at the donation site. Medical personnel can scan the screening results right from your smartphone or tablet to collect your answers, or you can print the page out and bring it with you for them to scan. After your donation, volunteers will offer you a snack and you’ll relax for a few minutes before you’re on your way. The blood donation process typically takes about an hour to complete.
You may give blood because you want to help others. You may know someone who needed a transfusion, and you want to make sure blood is available for others who need it. By supporting Red Cross blood donation efforts, you help the Red Cross take care of you and your community.