Harvey Relief: Donating Blood – ABC6

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — In times of disaster, people often help by donating money.  But what if you can’t afford it and you still want to do something?  There is a way to give that’s truly life saving, and won’t cost you anything.  You can donate blood.

Beau Tompkins, Director of Hospital Services at Rhode Island Blood Center says, “Blood donations help every single day.  We proactively knew the storm was coming, so we evaluated our inventory and we shipped ahead of time.”

So far, the Rhode Island Blood Center has sent more than 300 units of blood to Texas.  Those came from regular donations made before the storm.  Now they need to rebuild their supply.

Tompkins says, “Because whether it helps locally or in Texas, it will find a home.”

Before you jump in the car and head over, there are a few things you should know.

Kara LeBlanc, Marketing & Communication Manager at Rhode Island Blood Center says, “We don’t want local people to panic and flood the centers here and coming running in.  What we need people to do are answers the calls, make their appointments, and come in over the next several weeks.”

You should plan to spend about an hour at one of the six Rhode Island Blood Center donation locations.  It’s an hour that could save a life.

Nick Senich from Barrington donated today for the sixth time.  He visited Monday specifically to help in the wake of Harvey.

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Senich says, “It makes me feel great, especially because it’s so easy. All I have to do is show up, I don’t have to do anything strenuous, just sit in a chair and let the magic happen.”

Kathy Block from Barrington donated today because she understands the importance.

Block says, “Nobody can donate in that Houston area that’s affected by the hurricane right now, so they need extra people to step up to donate blood”

If you want to learn more about donating blood and want to set up an appointment with the Rhode Island Blood Center, visit their website here: http://www.ribc.org/

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