Blood for Haiti

By: Stephanie Ramos Email
By: Stephanie Ramos Email

Relief efforts continue for earthquake stricken Haiti.

The Community Blood Center sent 25 units for earthquake survivors who are in need.

And it couldn't have been done without donors.

Willa Gritten says, "I donate every 3 months.... this is my part, do what I can to help."

"We are in a very fortunate situation..we have an adequate supply of blood. Have to thank our donors. We were asked to send 25 units..able to do so..." says Kathy Boldt, site manager for the Topeka Community Blood Center.

16 other blood centers across the nation are participating in the relief efforts for Haiti, but because they have enough donation requests doesnt mean donors aren't still needed.

Kathy Boldt says, "We are able to spread the gift of life. We have red cells but do need plalet donors. Plalets live for 5 days only."

Community Blood Center currently has two and a half day supply of blood on its shelves which allows the organization to share its life saving blood with the people of Haiti.

The blood was transported to a center in South Florida, repackaged along with blood donated by other blood banks.

The blood will then be sent directly to Pan American health organization in Port Au Prince Haiti to be used to help patients needing life saving transfusions.


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