The American Red Cross is making a national appeal for blood or blood platelet donations to help those impacted by Hurricane Florence and the hurricane-related cancellation of almost 200 blood drives in the southeastern United States.

These factors have lead to an especially critical need for platelets to help cancer patients and for type O blood donations. In a press release, Cliff Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Blood Services said...

“Natural disasters like hurricanes can disrupt blood drives and prevent donors from giving, but hospital patients still depend on lifesaving transfusions. 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.”

The Pleasantville Blood Donation Center, 850 N. Franklin Ave., Pleasantville is open 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Appointments can be made and information about other area blood drives found  by using the Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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