Posted: 9:54 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012
By Kelli Wynn
HOW TO HELP
The Community Blood Center in Dayton has not received any requests to do any special blood drives for centers in the East Coast, but center officials are encouraging those eligible to give blood to do so.
“We are part of a national network of blood centers that has a disaster assistance plan in place. It’s the blood on the shelf that matters most in a time of disaster. If called upon we will help supply the regions in need in any way we can,” said Jodi Minneman, the blood center’s chief operating officer of Blood Services.
Those wanting to donate blood at the blood center, 349 S. Main St., can call 1-800-388-GIVE or visit www.givingblood.org or e-mail email@example.com.
The American Red Cross Cincinnati-Dayton Region is encouraging local residents to make donations to support the American Red Cross Disaster Relief online. “This will be a large, costly relief response and the Red Cross needs help now,” said Fran O’Shaughnessy, regional director of emergency services.
Donations to the relief fund allow the Red Cross to provide shelter, food and emotional support to victims of disasters. Donations can be made by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions can also be mailed to American Red Cross chapter at 2111 Dana Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45207.
Reporters Jessica Heffner and Drew Simon are traveling with Ohio Task Force One and will be reporting daily about its members and rescue missions. Look for their stories in the Dayton Daily News, on WHIO-TV and online at www.whiotv.com and www.daytondailynews.com. Hear their reports on News Talk Radio at 95.7 FM and AM1290.