AP NEWS

McLeod Health hosts blood drives in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence

October 13, 2018

FLORENCE, S.C. – McLeod Health will host blood drives from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday in the McLeod Medical Plaza Auditorium and the McLeod Pavilion Conference Center.

Blood donors must present two forms of identification, be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in generally good health.

To schedule an appointment, visit the American Red Cross website at redcrossblood.org or call McLeod Reservations & Scheduling at 843-777-2005.

The Red Cross is in urgent need of blood and platelet donations in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

Nearly 200 blood drives were canceled because of the hurricane, resulting in a potential loss of more than 5,200 donations, according to a Red Cross news release.

“Natural disasters often prevent donors from giving, but the need for donations is only heightened,” Said Cliff Numark, the senior vice president of Red Cross Blood Services.

“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.”

AP RADIO
Update hourly