By Zachary Wright
The Red Cross is calling for platelet donations for those affected by Hurricane Florence. The Category 1 hurricane made landfall in North Carolina on Thursday, Sept. 12. After wreaking havoc on the Carolinas, the storm dissipated on Wednesday, Sept. 19.
For those affected by the storm, food, clean water and comfort are not the only things needed. The Red Cross said, in a press release published on Sept. 20, they were in need of approximately 5,200 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,” the press release said.
“Natural disasters like hurricanes can disrupt blood drives and prevent donors from giving, but hospital patients still depend on lifesaving transfusion,” Cliff Numark, senior vice president of Red Cross Blood Services, said.
Along with blood donations, the Red Cross is also asking for financial donations to help provide relief to those affected by Hurricane Florence. People can donate by calling their local Red Cross office, visiting their website, or texting the word “FLORENCE” to 90999 to donate $10.00.
To make a donation, here are a few locations near Roosevelt University’s Chicago campus hosting a blood drive. The Red Cross asks for those who wish to donate to make an appointment beforehand.
9/24/2018: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Rush University Medical Center, 1650 West Harrison Street
9/26/2018: 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Apostolic Faith Church, 3823 S. Indiana Avenue
9/30/2018: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., St. Cornelius Catholic Church, 5430 West. Foster Avenue
10/1/2018: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., North Star Lodge #1, 809 E. 42nd Place
10/8/2018: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Willis Tower, 233 S. Wacker Drive
10/10/2018: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Ravenswood Evangelical Covenant Church, 4900 N. Damen Ave