The truth is, our area did not get hit as hard by the remnants of Hurricane Sandy as was expected. Perhaps many of us rushed to judgment, fearing the worst.
We all have to be thankful that the most our area experienced was a few downed trees, high winds and heavy rains.
However, for many others spread across the eastern shores, Sandy was not as kind. Seeing the affect of Sandy on television or reading of the accounts in the newspapers, we would hope that area of American is shown an outpouring of love.
One area where we can help out is by donating blood to the American Red Cross.
In information released Thursday, Sandy has forced the cancellation of approximately 360 Red Cross blood drives in 13 states and the District of Columbia, resulting in a shortfall of nearly 12,000 blood and platelet donations thus far.
The Greater Alleghenies Blood Services Region, which includes our area, is rescheduling canceled blood drives and is looking to increase donor turnout at these area drives to help replenish blood supplies following Sandy's devastation.
According to a release, within the 100-county Greater Alleghenies Region, a dozen blood drives in four of the six states it covers were canceled, resulting in a shortfall of approximately 400 blood donations. In addition, operation hours were curtailed at seven of the region's blood drives on Oct. 29, representing an additional shortfall estimated at more than 300 donations, or more than 700 total. The region needs to collect approximately 900 blood and platelet donations daily to meet patient need.
"The American Red Cross is encouraging blood and platelet donations in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. While the public has been very supportive so far, additional donors are needed to make up for the shortfall caused by the storm. As Sandy continues to affect the number of people available to donate, hospital patients still need blood and platelets despite the conditions," John Hagins, CEO, Greater Alleghenies Region Blood Services Region, stated.
Nationwide, an average of 44,000 blood donations are needed each and every day to meet the needs of accident victims, cancer patients, and children with blood disorders. These patients and others rely on blood products during their treatment. This need does not diminish when disaster strikes.
There are some regional donor sites set up in the coming week, including Edison High School (9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today), the Wintersville office of the American Red Cross (noon to 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5), Steubenville High School (8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Nov. 7), and Trinity East School of Nursing in Steubenville (7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8).
Those interested in donating should call 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment.