Red Cross in Immediate Need of Blood Due to Hurricane Sandy

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Red Cross in immediate need of blood due to Hurricane SandyMARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – While the brunt of Hurricane Sandy is being felt along the eastern seaboard, the Great Lakes are feeling the effects as well.

The National Weather Service has issued Great Lakes gale and storm warnings through Wednesday. Waves on Lake Michigan could build up to 33 feet today before subsiding. Waves on parts of Lake Superior and Lake Huron could be up to 24-feet.  Snow linked to the storm could also fall in parts of Michigan.

American Red Cross officials say Hurricane Sandy has already caused the cancellation of approximately 100 blood drives in 11 states along the East Coast, resulting in a shortfall of more than 3,200 units of blood and platelets thus far.

The Red Cross is urging immediate blood and platelet donations in areas unaffected by the storm, specifically type O negative.

To schedule an appointment to donate blood or platelets, call 1-800-RED CROSS or go online at redcrossblood.org.

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