As the American Red Cross works around the clock supporting those impacted by Hurricane Dorian, providing food, shelter and comfort, individuals
outside the affected areas are urged to help by giving blood or platelets to ensure patients in the storm’s path and around the country have access to lifesaving blood.

People can also help by making a financial donation to support relief efforts. Hurricane Dorian has forced the closure of blood donation centers and the cancellation of blood drives in its path, causing blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. When blood donations are disrupted in a region of the country, the Red Cross is able to move blood donations where they are needed most.

How to help
Donors of all blood types are urgently needed to ensure a sufficient supply for patients. Type O and B blood donors are especially needed. Make an appointment to donate blood now by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. Financial donations are also needed and allow the Red Cross to make a difference in the lives of people impacted by Hurricane Dorian. Visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the
word DORIAN to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Financial donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster. Up-to-date information about how the Red Cross is responding to Hurricane Dorian is available at


Local Upcoming Blood Drives

Ashe County

9/19/2019: 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Jefferson UMC, 115 East Main Street

West Jefferson
9/12/2019: 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., Ashe County High School, 184 Campus Drive

Watauga County

Blowing Rock
9/23/2019: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Blowing Rock First Baptist, 350 Sunset Drive

9/24/2019: 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Holmes Convocation Ctr, George M Holmes Convocation Center, Hwy 321
and Rivers Street
9/24/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Holmes Convocation Ctr, George M Holmes Convocation Center, Hwy 321
and Rivers Street

Wilkes County
Millers Creek
9/26/2019: 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., West Wilkes High School, 6598 Boone Trail
North Wilkesboro
9/21/2019: 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., Bethany Baptist Church, 1585 Bethany Ford Rd
9/18/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Wilkes CC - Student Services, 1328 Collegiate Drive