Hurricane Irma forced the cancellation of dozens of Red Cross blood drives in the southeast. But hospital patients still depend on lifesaving transfusions. That’s why blood drives are ongoing in other states, like Indiana.
Volunteer blood donors are the only source for blood products needed by hospital patients.
“In a situation like this, the Red Cross asks people in unaffected areas across the whole country to make an effort to donate blood now so that we can ensure a strong national blood supply," says Rodney Wilson with the American Red Cross. "And we’re able to send it to where it’s needed most."
All blood types are currently needed. Blood donation opportunities are available statewide.