Hurricane Irene Impacts Blood Supply, Blood Donors Needed

By: 10/11 News Email
By: 10/11 News Email


8/31/2011, 10:00 am- 2:30 pm, GTE Industries, 4121 NW 37th, Lincoln
9/1/2011, 8:30 am- 1:00 pm, Nebraska Heart Institute Medical Office Bldg., 7440 S. 91st Street, Lincoln
9/3/2011, 8:00 am-12:30 pm, Hy-Vee, 1601 N. 84th St., Lincoln
9/3/2011, 8:30 am- 1:00 pm, Hy-Vee, 5020 N. 27th St., Lincoln
9/6/2011, 10:00 am- 2:00 pm, Walmart, 3400 N. 85th St., Lincoln
9/7/2011, 2:30 pm- 7:00 pm, North American Martyrs Catholic Church, 1101 Isaac Dr., Lincoln

How to Donate Blood:
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to find the nearest blood donation opportunity, make an appointment or gather more information.

How to Support American Red Cross Disaster Relief:

Visit or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.


Hurricane Irene has forced the cancellation of nearly 72 American Red Cross blood drives, resulting in a shortfall of more than 2,400 blood and platelet donations. To help boost already low blood supplies, the Red Cross is urging blood and platelet donations in unaffected areas.

In appreciation of those who come out to donate and refuel the Red Cross blood supply, through September 7, all presenting blood donors in the Midwest Blood Services Region are eligible to win one of three $500 gas cards.

“Blood donated through the Red Cross can help patients locally and throughout the country, wherever there is a need,” said Tricia Quinn, CEO of the local Red Cross Blood Services Region. “When disaster strikes, the need does not diminish, but blood donors in affected areas may find it difficult or impossible to get to a blood drive. By giving blood through the Red Cross, donors can help ensure all patient needs can be met. Blood and platelet donations of all types are needed.”

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