Blood donations needed to help hurricane victims


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Central Illinois Community Blood Center (CICBC) is responding to the national call for blood donations to help those affected by Hurricane Florence.

"Donors in the affected region are largely unable to give blood in the days leading up to the hurricane," said Kirby Winn, Manager, Public Relations. "However, most patient care at hospitals continues at the same rate as before. We are glad to join other blood providers around the country in responding to the need for blood components in the southeast." 

The blood center shipped blood components to the region prior to the storm making landfall.

Due to the expected widespread damage from the massive storm, CICBC anticipates receiving more requests for additional support when damage estimates can be made.

The Central Illinois Community Blood Center is a non-profit organization that provides blood supplies to 14 hospitals in Springfield, Decatur, Lincoln, Jacksonville, and ten additional hospitals.

The center will not ship blood components outside of the region if the local supplies will be impacted.

CICBC is calling for donors to make appointments this week.

There is a donor center at 1999 Wabash Ave, Springfield, and mobile blood drives throughout central Illinois.

To find information on where to give blood at local Donor Centers and mobile blood drives call 866-GIVEBLD or schedule online at the blood center website HERE.

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