It’s the fifth annual Philadelphia Eagles-American Red Cross blood drive. From 6am to 2pm, the Linc will host the hundreds of fans expected to donate blood.
“We canceled every single blood drive Monday, Tuesday, and the majority of Wednesday as well,” says spokesman Anthony Tornetta.
The American Association of Blood Banks is recommending physicians be more careful about blood transfusions.
“To maintain a sufficient supply here in our region, we need to collect on average about 1,200 units of blood per day,” a Red Cross spokesman says, “and we did not meet that goal this weekend because of Hurricane Irene.”
Hurricane Irene could affect blood collections along the east coast at a time when the nation’s blood supply is already low. The Red Cross is urging those who are eligible to give blood prior to the storm’s arrival.
“We actually had a glitch in our system when we were signing up donors,” says a Red Cross spokesman. “We overbooked the schedule.”
An American Red Cross Spokesperson says area hospitals will still get the blood they need even as blood takers walk the picket lines.
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