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Kansas Red Cross Volunteers Head To East Coast To Help With Hurricane Relief

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A Red Cross volunteer in Georgia assists a man whose house was hit by a tree in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

Local volunteers from the Red Cross are answering the call to help people across four states who were affected by Hurricane Matthew.

As of Monday morning, 37 volunteers from the Kansas, Nebraska, and southwest Iowa region were heading the East coast to provide assistance. Ten of the 37 are from the South Central and Southeast Kansas Chapter.

The responders will be working to help distribute relief supplies and health services, among other things.

The storm has also impacted the nation’s blood supply. So far, Hurricane Matthew has forced the cancellation of approximately 40 Red Cross blood drives in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia resulting in more than 1,500 blood and platelet donations going uncollected.

The need for platelets is especially critical due to the loss of these donations in affected areas. Platelets, a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients, must be transfused within five days of donation and, therefore, are always in demand.

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