American blood banks urge donations

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BETHESDA, Md. — The American Association of Blood Banks is asking eligible donors across the country to donate blood in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

As the hurricane continues to wreak havoc with widespread flooding in Southeast Texas, blood drives are being cancelled, and the need for emergency blood in storm-affected areas is high.

“We are asking all potential donors, both current and first-timers, to make a commitment to donate blood or platelets as soon as possible,” said Dennis Todd, chair of the AABB task force on domestic disasters.

Blood banks will need donations in the coming days and weeks to meet immediate as well as future needs in the aftermath of the hurricane. Type O donors are especially urged to donate.

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