Blood Drive Tuesday To Help Sandy Survivors

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The American Red Cross in Kansas City is hosting two blood drives Tuesday to help those affected by Tropical Storm Sandy.

One blood drive will be at the Legends 14 Theaters, 1841 Village West Parkway in Kansas City, Kan. from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m.  The other blood drive will run from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Fireman’s Union Hall, 322 S.E. Douglas St. in Lee’s Summit.

The Red Cross provides about 40-percent of the nation’s blood supply to hospitals, but the arrival of Sandy has forced them to cancel close to 100 blood drives along the East Coast.
Right now hospitals in New York, New Jersey, Maryland and eight other eastern seaboard states are short 3,200 units of blood and platelets.

Despite the storm, East Coast patients still need critical blood transfusions, so if you can donate, Red Cross officials would like you to consider doing it Tuesday since your blood will be sent to help those affected by Sandy.

You can also donate money to the Red Cross by going to their website, redcross-dot-org, or you can call them at 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767), or you can text REDCROSS at 90999 to give a ten dollar donation.

The Red Cross will use all monetary donations to buy food and other critical supplies for those affected by the super storm.

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