BUFFALO, N.Y. -- After Hurricane Matthew caused deadly destruction and flooding in southeastern states, the American Red Cross says there is an urgent need for blood donations.
A blood drive will be held at the Red Cross Western New York Headquarters Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The headquarters is located at 786 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo.
The hurricane caused the cancelations of about 40 Red Cross blood drives in Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia, Red Cross officials say. As a result, about 1,500 needed platelet donations were not collected. Continued flooding resulting from the hurricane has resulted in additional blood drive cancelations.
In addition to holding blood drives, the Red Cross has more than 2,700 disaster workers, including more than 30 from the Western and Center New York regions, supporting relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Matthew.
Those interested in making a monetary contribution to the Red Cross to help Hurricane Matthew victims can visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word MATTHEW to 90999 to make a $10 donation.