Hurricane Michael: Link to donate to the American Red Cross to help storm victims

Posted: 8:43 AM, Oct 10, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-11 06:31:16-04

A special website for WPTV viewers has been set up to accept Red Cross donations to support efforts to help victims of Hurricane Michael.

Simply follow this link to make your tax deductible donation .

The website also provides other ways to donate.

Blood donations are always needed after a natural disaster like this one. 

OneBlood says it needs blood, plasma and platelet donations right now.

The Red Cross also is looking for blood and platelet donations. The organization says part of the reason there is a critical need right now is because after a natural disaster like this one, blood drives in the impacted areas are often canceled.

Donor turnout tends to be low as well as people deal with the aftermath of the storm. You can make an appointment by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

The Red Cross needs to collect more than 13,000 blood donations and 2,500 platelets every day to meet patient needs across the country. Blood can take up to three days to be tested, processed and made available for patients, so even a few days of disruption can impact patient care.