The Northern California Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross is asking Bay Area residents to consider donating blood in wake of superstorm Sandy's devastation.
The storm has forced the cancellation of approximately 300 American Red Cross blood drives in 14 states along the East Coast, according to the Red Cross, resulting in a shortfall of nearly 9,000 donations of blood and platelets thus far.
Additional cancellations are expected as power outages and flooding in many areas along the East Coast continues to impede normal operations.
In preparations for the storm, the Red Cross says it moved blood products to the areas most likely to be affected by Sandy for immediate availablility.
To help offset the blood donor shortage cause by superstorm Sandy, the Red Cross is urging immediate blood and platelet donations in areas that were unaffected by this storm, including California.
Donors interested in scheduling an appointment to donate blood or platelets can visit online at redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.
Concordians can donate at the Contra Costa Blood Donation Center located at 140 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill between 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m seven days a week.