Red Cross seeks blood, money, and volunteers to best help Hurricane Florence storm victims

Posted at 1:52 PM, Sep 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-17 13:52:32-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Johnathan McNamara, spokesperson with the American Red Cross, said the organization has seen an outpouring of generosity from Central Virginians since Hurricane Florence hit the Carolinas last week.

McNamara said while he encouraged people to donate items to other organizations, the Red Cross would not take donated items to areas in need because of the difficulty in collecting, sorting, and transporting items.

Instead, the Red Cross is working with partners to buy items in bulk to get supplies to those in need in the most efficient way possible.

For those looking to help, McNamara said the organization is in need of blood donors, volunteers, and monetary donations.

"There are a number of blood drives that have been canceled as a result of this -- over 200 of them -- so rolling up your sleeve, donations of blood, will not only allow us to support the hospital community in Virginia, but throughout North and South Carolina where those blood drives have been canceled," McNamara said. "You can also volunteer with The American Red Cross and other organizations on the ground."

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