In preparation for the severe storms that are slated for the Delmarva region in the coming days, the Blood Bank of Delmarva has extended the hours of operation at the Christiana and Dover donation centers tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 27. The Blood Bank will be accepting donors from 7:30 a.m. through 4 pm.
Although the blood supply is currently sufficient, the Blood Bank is asking for donors to keep their appointments this weekend if possible, while seeking specific kinds of donations to maintain the supply in case of emergency.
“We currently have a sufficient blood supply to serve our hospitals” said Michael Waite, Blood Bank of Delmarva director of marketing and communications. “In preparation for the storms and the possibility of emergency situations, we are asking those with O negative blood type and those who donate platelets to consider donating on Saturday. This way, we ensure that we are prepared in case the severity of the predicted storms is realized.”
The Blood Bank will have staff on stand-by to accommodate walk-in donors on Saturday, Oct. 27 until 4 p.m. Determinations as to the status of appointments for Monday, Oct. 29 and Tuesday, Oct. 30 will be made at a later time. Those who are scheduled to donate are encouraged to listen to local radio stations, go to delmarvablood.org, facebook.com/delmarvablood or follow the Blood Bank on Twitter @DelmarvaBlood.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, go to delmarvablood.org or call 1-888-8-BLOOD-8.
About Blood Bank of Delmarva
Blood Bank of Delmarva is a nonprofit community service organization that provides blood and blood products to 16 hospitals on the Delmarva Peninsula. More than 77,000 blood donations are needed in this area each year for about 20,000 patients across the Delmarva Peninsula. The Blood Bank offers a blood assurance plan which provides blood replacement coverage for its members. Blood Bank of Delmarva is a member of America’s Blood Centers.