Posted: 6:29 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, 2012
By Kelli Wynn
Seaside Heights, N.J. —
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Hurricane Sandy destroyed a lot more than property. For many families, it’s threatening hope.
Nearly 6,800 people spent Thursday night in almost 100 American Red Cross shelters in Ohio and in various areas in the east coast.
The Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Region of the ARC has deployed 47 local volunteers to the east coast to help with operating shelters, distributing food and relief supplies and providing health services and emotional support.
Help The ARC provide food, shelter and other much needed supplies by donating to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Visit Redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to make a donation. Contributions may also be sent to Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Region chapter, 370 W. First St., Dayton.
The Community Blood Center in Dayton has not received any requests for blood donations from centers on the East Coast, but center officials are encouraging those eligible to give blood to do so. 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.
Community Tissue Services in Kettering has been able to assist the largest tissue bank in the U.S. with tissue storage.
“We received 60 tissue donations from Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (in Edison, N.J.) for precise temperature-monitored storage,” said Amy Moeder, marketing coordinator for CTS. “The airport used by MTF is open, but there continues to be difficulties with fuel supply. They have limited fuel for running back-up generators and delivery vehicles.”
Donor tissue is sent to MTF in Edison, NJ from across the U.S. to be processed into tissue grafts. This process is similar to what’s being done at CTS’s Center for Tissue, Innovation and Research in Kettering.
CTS will hold 60 tissue donations until MTF is fully operational.