Hundreds of trained American Red Cross disaster workers, more than 30 from Wisconsin, are helping 24-7 across several states to support people facing the massive destruction left behind by Hurricane Ian.
“People’s lives were turned upside down by this massive storm,” said Mark Thomas, CEO and Regional Executive for the Red Cross of Wisconsin. “They need your help now. Please consider making a donation to help people affected by disasters, giving blood or becoming a Red Cross volunteer today.”
Over the last several days, dangerous weather conditions and floodwaters have canceled dozens of blood drives with approximately 1,000 blood and platelet donations going uncollected. Additional blood drive cancellations are expected in the Southeast over the coming week and fewer donors are likely to come out to donate at drives in and around affected areas due to poor weather conditions.
Individuals in unaffected areas—especially those with type O blood types– are urged to give blood now to help ensure patients in impacted areas continue to have access to lifesaving blood.
How Can You Help?
Make a Donation, by visiting redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or text the word IAN to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Your gift is a commitment to helping people in need, and every single donation matters. Financial donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.
GIVE BLOOD – Please schedule an appointment to give blood or platelets today by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
VOLUNTEER – If you have the time, you can make a significant impact as a Red Cross volunteer. Review our most urgently needed volunteer positions at redcross.org/volunteertoday and get involved today.