SHERBURN - While Martin County West High School hosts a bloodmobile twice a year, organizers realize giving is even more crucial after Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the East Coast earlier this week.
"We think we're going to see an uptick in the coming weeks," said Paula Moerer, who was working at the Martin County West bloodmobile Friday morning. "The agencies have been putting the call out ... On Tuesday, there were about 300 bloodmobiles [out East] that were canceled, so that's a loss of about 9,000 donors."
According to information from the American Red Cross, as of Thursday, the Red Cross is short about 12,000 units of blood.
GIFT?OF?LIFE?— Caleb Smith, a sophomore at Martin County West High School, prepares to donate blood during the school’s bloodmobile Friday morning.
"The need will continue to rise," Moerer said.
Regionally, bloodmobile workers have not seen a large increase in donors, but expect that they may in the next few weeks.
At Martin County West on Friday, senior Jennifer Hagen said many students volunteered to donate, but she didn't feel the hurricane was the motivator.
"We just went and talked with people in our classes, in the junior class," she said. "And a lot willingly volunteered. We didn't have to say, 'C'mon, please,' so that was good."
The blood drives at the school are organized by the National Honor Society. With a pep rally scheduled for earlier in the day, students had a slight dilemma over where to stage the bloodmobile.
"We had to kind of crunch it all up on the stage area, where usually we have half the gym," Hagen said. "But we made it work,"
Other bloodmobiles scheduled in the area include one Monday from 12:30-5:30 p.m. at Martin Luther High School in Northrop; from 1-7 p.m. Nov. 12 at Sherburn Assembly of God; from 2-7 p.m. Nov. 13 at Granada-Huntley-East Chain High School; and from 1-6 p.m. Nov. 13 at Ringsted American Legion.
Fairmont High School will host a bloodmobile from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 16.
For more information on how to donate, visit redcrossblood.org