- Last Updated on 08:51 AM 09/19/13
- BY Special to the Gazette
The American Red Cross is seeking blood donations to assist with blood needs in Colorado due to the devastating flash flooding that has occurred.
According to Red Cross Disaster and Military Services Specialist Ginger Weaver, a bloodmobile will be held Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Beth Car Church in Halifax.
“Want to help out? This is one simple, easy way to contribute to the relief efforts going on there. Come out Saturday morning and join our efforts to give the gift of life,” Weaver said.
The American Red Cross is supporting rescue operations in Colorado by providing food, shelter, relief supplies and comfort to thousands of people forced from their homes by devastating flash flooding.
Red Cross disaster workers are at the Boulder airport reception center to provide care and comfort as stranded residents arrive after being airlifted out of flooded neighborhoods and towns. Sunday night, as many as 1,000 people stayed in 24 shelters across the state, Weaver said.
“The Red Cross is making sure that people in Colorado get the help they need,” said Richard Reed, senior vice president of Disaster Cycle Services for the Red Cross. “We’re expanding our relief efforts as more workers, equipment and supplies arrive – and we’ll be on the ground for weeks to come helping people recover.”
The Red Cross is working closely with local emergency management officials, the Colorado National Guard and community organizations to ensure people get the help they need. More than 250 trained Red Cross disaster workers are deployed to Colorado, along with more than 20 emergency response vehicles and six trucks of relief supplies. Working with the Southern Baptist Convention, the Red Cross has served more than 7,100 meals and snacks.
Many blood drives scheduled for hospitals and dialysis centers in Colorado have had to be cancelled as necessary evacuations displaced regular blood donors from their homes.
“One of the most common reasons that people give for not donating blood is that they’ve never been asked,” said Weaver. “Today, we are asking you to take advantage of a great opportunity to conveniently give of yourself for others. Donate your gift of life this Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Beth Car Church in Halifax.”
• American Legion Post 8, 1710 Jeffress Boulevard in South Boston on Monday, Oct. 7, from 1:30 to 7 p.m.
• Mary Bethune Complex, 1060 Cowford Road in Halifax on Tuesday, Oct. 8, from noon to 6 p.m.
• Antioch Baptist Church, 6700 Barnesville Highway in Red Oak on Thursday, Oct. 10, from 1 to 6 p.m.
• Winns Creek Baptist Church, 3088 Howard P. Anderson Road in Halifax on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.