To help Hurricane Harvey victims for free, donate blood

You don’t have to spend any money to help Hurricane Harvey victims. You can donate blood locally to help with relief efforts.

The American Red Cross has been in urgent need need since July. Blood supplies are running low and with blood drives canceled for multiple days due to flooding in Texas, AABB, an international transfusion medicine organization, reported that agencies will be playing catch-up to collect blood donations.

“We’re currently in an urgent need for blood donations. It’s a nationwide situation that we face this summer,” said Anthony Tinin, with the local American Red Cross blood donation center. “That’s because of a downturn in blood donations as well as fewer sponsors being available during the summer so the need is critical right now for people to show up and donate blood.”

All you need is to spare an hour of your time. You must be 17 years old, or 16 but with parental consent, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in good health.

You can view the full list of requirements here.

AABB is urging type O blood, especially O positive, to donate, because that blood type can be given to the greatest number of people.

There are donation centers all over the Local 6 area. You can search America’s Blood Centers, American Red Cross, and Armed Services Blood Program to find a donation center near you.