hurricane sandy forces blood drive cancellations
Sandy, the hurricane turned superstorm, is responsible for killing at least 75 people with 4.6 million remaining without power (down from 8.5 mil). [Huffington Post has a state-by-state look at the devastation.]
Huffington Post also reports that "Hurricane Sandy has caused the cancellation of 300 Red Cross blood drives in 14 states, according to a statement the organization published Wednesday." More than 9,000 blood and platelet donations have been lost, according to the organization’s statement and as the storm heads west, more blood drive cancellations are expected.
According to a Wednesday press release, the Red Cross has "provided more than 23,000 overnight shelter stays since Saturday." On Tuesday night, more than 9,000 people reportedly stayed in 171 Red Cross shelters across 13 states.
HOW YOU CAN HELP: To find local blood drives in your area visit: RedCrossBlood.org or AmericasBlood.org. To do their part in helping east coast residents recover from the devastation left behind by Hurricane Sandy, NBCUniversal announced plans to air a telethon on its networks to benefit those in need, according to The Huffington Post. The special, called "Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together," will air on Friday night, to benefit those in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and parts of Massachusetts and West Virginia who have been affected by the superstorm. Matt Lauer will host the special, broadcasting simultaneously on NBC, Bravo, CNBC, E!, G4, MSNBC, Style, Syfy and USA.