The Red Cross is urging immediate blood and platelet donations in areas unaffected by Hurricane Irene. Since the storm began its path along the East Coast, it has forced the cancellation of more than 60 American Red Cross blood drives and a loss of more than 2,100 units of blood. Platelets have a shelf-life of just five days, so
it is imperative that there are enough platelets on hand to meet everyone’s needs.
The Grand Haven Eagles Aerie 925, 20 N. Second St., will host an American Red Cross blood drive from noon to 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13.
To schedule an appointment to donate blood or platelets, or to host a blood drive in your community, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.