Red Cross: Blood, Platelet Donations Needed in Wake of Hurricane Florence

Clubs and Organizations

September 20, 2018

From: American Red Cross Connecticut Chapter

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’s impact on blood and platelet donations

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.”

How to help

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 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, 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

Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Fairfield County, Sept. 20-Oct. 15


10/11/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Bethel United Methodist Church, 141 Greenwood Avenue


9/29/2018: 7:45 a.m. - 1 p.m., Mcgivney Community Center, 338 Stillman St


10/9/2018: 1 p.m. - 6:15 p.m., Raymour & Flanigan, 14 Candlewood Lake Road


9/20/2018: 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Western Connecticut State University Westside Campus Center, Westside Campus, Lake Ave.

10/4/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Hatters Town Park, 7 East Hayes Town Road

10/12/2018: 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Danbury Hospital, 24 Hospital Avenue


10/14/2018: 7:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m., Covenant Church of Easton, 1 Sport Hill Road


9/21/2018: 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., YMCA, 841 Old Post Road

10/2/2018: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sacred Heart University, 5151 Park Avenue


9/21/2018: 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Greenwich Town Hall, 101 Field Point Road

10/15/2018: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., YMCA of Greenwich, 50 East Putnam Avenue


9/27/2018: 7:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Masuk High School, 1014 Monroe Turnpike


10/2/2018: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Norwalk Hospital, 34 Maple Street

10/6/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Soundview Medical Associates, 761 Main Avenue (Route 7), Suite 201


9/23/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Redding Community Center, 37 Lonetown Road


9/24/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Greater Valley Chamber Commerce, 10 Progress Dr, 2nd Floor

9/28/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Shelton Community Center, 41 Church Street

10/5/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Shelton Community Center, 41 Church Street


10/6/2018: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Sherman Volunteer Fire Department, 1 CT 39

South Norwalk

10/9/2018: 11 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Norwalk Community College, 188 Richards Avenue


9/21/2018: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Soundview Plaza, 1266 East Main Street

9/29/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., St Cecilia Catholic Church, 1184 Newfield Ave.

10/13/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Tully Health Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Court


9/22/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., St. Stephen's Church, 6948 Main Street

9/26/2018: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Middlebrook Farms of Trumbull, 2750 Reservoir Avenue

10/10/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 406 White Plains Road

10/15/2018: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Grace Episcopal Church, 5958 Main Street


10/3/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Westport Fire Department, 515 Post Road E

How to donate blood

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 or use the Blood Donor App.

About the American Red Cross:

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 or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.