A week after Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast, some Rolla residents are wondering what they can do to help. The Rotary Club of Rolla has an answer for you.
According to the American Red Cross, Hurricane Sandy forced the cancellation of more than 100 American Red Cross blood drives in 11 states along the East Coast, and thousands of blood and platelet donors have been unable to keep their appointments to give.
Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. An average of 44,000 blood donations are needed each and every day across the country to help treat accident victims, cancer patients, and children with blood disorders. These patients and others rely on blood products during their treatment. This need does not diminish when disaster strikes.
The Rotary Club of Rolla will have a blood drive at The Centre from 2-6:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9. Walk-ins are encouraged.
You can also make a contribution to disaster relief at redcross.org, by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.