CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- Superstorm Sandy has caused the cancellation of more than 300 blood drives along the Eastern Coast.
And in anticipation of an increase in hospital demand, American Red Cross chapters across the nation have been sending blood inventories to effected areas.
Local Red Cross officials are holding two blood drives on Wednesday and are asking local residents to remember the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Bloomington-area Red Cross Spokesman Steve Stoewer says due to Superstorm Sandy, Red Cross officials along the Eastern Coast cancelled more than 300 blood drives.
He says inventories of blood were sent out East in anticipation of a increased demand among hospitals.
"Those 300 blood drives would have collected 9,000 units of blood which now basically is a shortfall that we have to make up," said Stoewer. "So, we're looking for people in areas unaffected by the hurricane such as us to get out and give blood now and make it a priority to help others cause we need to support that area of the country right now."
For those who would like to donate, the Peoria Blood Donation Center and OSF Saint Joseph Medical Center are both hosting blood drives on Wednesday, October 31. If you can not make either of these, visit www.redcross.org to find a donation center near you.