Emergency Appeal for Blood

We've all seen the footage of the severe winter storm that's burying parts of the nation under a blanket of snow. Now that weather is causing a national crisis, the American Red Cross is in dire need of blood. As residents up North are digging their way out of mounds of snow, many people are literally stuck inside their homes, and with less people venturing outside, even fewer people are donating blood.

"The North typically imports 1,200 units of blood per month and that's been cut off," said Jason Ferrell of the American Red Cross. "We've been on our own with supplying our hospitals' needs as well as supporting the North."

Providing support with almost no blood hasn't been easy. Last week, WTOC brought you the story of five-year-old Nolan Hester who's suffering from leukemia. Nolan and many other children like him need blood, and for every drop donated by the public, more lives will be saved.

"Everyone should pitch in if they can," said donor Stephen Hotard. "It's a simple thing to do. A little can do so much."

The Red Cross needs more donors like him. They only have a half day supply of blood, making this a national crisis. "It is a true emergency," said Ferrell. "Not only can't we help others, right now we can't even help ourselves."

With blood being a national resource that all states share, Ferrell says now is the time to help our fellow Americans. "They need help, so it's time for the South to help the North, even though it's usually the North helping the South."

If you'd like to help, please call 1-800-GIVE LIFE or attend one of the following blood drives:

Saturday, January 31
Tibet Donor Center, 25 Tibet Avenue, 8am-12pm

Sunday, February 1
St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church, Middleground Road, 9am-1pm

Monday, February 2
East Georgia Regional Medical Center Blood Donor Center, Suite 305 Statesboro, 11am-7pm

Monday, February 2
Reidsville Community, Reidsville United Methodist Church, 2pm-7pm

Wednesday, February 4
St. James Catholic Church, 4pm-8pm

Reported by: Hena Daniels, hdaniels@wtoc.com