Archive for Tuesday, September 11, 2001

Blood center may help East Coast

September 11, 2001

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Lawrence's Community Blood Center may help meet a shortage of blood in New York and Washington, D.C.

Amanda Storm, donor recruitment representative, said the center is waiting to see if there is enough need to ship blood to the East Coast.

"The devastation looks overwhelming," she said. "It depends on how many survivors there are and what their needs are."

Dozens of Lawrence residents have come to the center at 535 Gateway Drive to donate blood.

"It's been really overwhelming," Storm said. "We've had 20 cars pull up, 10 people in line and our phones are ringing off the hook."

Community Blood Center offered to sent blood to Oklahoma City following the 1995 bombing, but the blood wasn't needed.

Storm said the primary mission of the center is to provide blood to local hospitals, including Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Only extra blood would be sent to the East Coast.

The center's hours are today until 7 p.m.; Thursday noon until 7 p.m.; Friday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It also may be open Wednesday.

Donors must be at least 17 years old, at least 110 pounds and in good health.

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