Due to a high demand for blood during the summer, the American Red Cross often holds blood donor drives in September to replenish the supply. However, Hurricane Dorian has created an even more critical blood shortage, and the Red Cross has issued an emergency request for blood and platelet donations. All eligible donors are encouraged to make blood and platelet donation appointments to help ensure blood is available to meet patient needs.
The Long Beach Island branch of the Ocean County Library in Surf City is holding a drive on Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 2 to 7 p.m. Appointments are preferred and may be scheduled in one of the following ways: by registering online at: redcrossblood.org, then entering sponsor code: Ocean County Library LBI Branch; by calling: 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767); or by scanning the QR code on the Blood Drive poster at the LBI branch.
“Blood donations are needed to ensure hospital shelves remain stocked with lifesaving blood for patients in need,” the Red Cross said on its website. “To date, this powerful storm has already forced the cancellation of nearly 50 blood drives and donation centers in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, resulting in more than 1,200 uncollected blood and platelet donations.”
For more information, call the branch at 609-494-2480.