SPOKANE-- Following the destruction of Superstorm Sandy, the Red Cross announced it needs help with response.
The American Red Cross and its chapters along the east coast have made it clear that anyone with blood to spare should plan on sending it their way.
Sandy has forced the non-profit to cancel about 300 blood drives leading to a shortfall of 9,000 donations across more than a dozen states. In addition to blood, food, clothing, and shelter are needed for millions affected.
Cash donations are the best way for the Red Cross to provide those services.
To donate call 1-800-RED-CROSS, visit redcross.org or text "REDCROSS" to 90999.
After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the American Red Cross raised $486 million nationally; $360,000 dollars came from our area alone. For Hurricane Katrina, donations across the country totaled $2.2 billion with $2 million coming from our local chapter.
Red Cross staff said the response for Sandy is expected to be similar to the response for Katrina.
To give blood locally, contact the Inland Northwest Blood Center and ask to make an appointment.