On-Site helps meet supply shortfall in the wake of blood drive cancellations caused by Hurricane Sandy

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On-Site.com, the top leasing solutions provider for the apartment industry, has partnered with the American Red Cross to provide life saving blood destined for east coast hospitals experiencing blood supply shortages in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. According to a statement published by the Red Cross, Sandy caused the cancellation of approximately 300 Red Cross blood drives in the Mid-Atlantic area.

“Patients will still need blood despite the weather,” said Dr. Richard Benjamin, chief medical officer of the Red Cross. “To ensure a sufficient national blood supply is available for those in need, both during and after the storm passes, it is critical that those in unaffected areas make an appointment to donate blood as soon as possible.”

On-Site went into action by organizing a blood drive at the company’s Campbell, CA corporate office. Client services account coordinator Nicole Balbiani headed the event organization and the push to recruit donors. Nicole, a regular blood donor since high school, felt personally compelled to donate blood after hearing about the devastating aftermath of Sandy from On-Site’s New York and New Jersey clients.

“Once I started telling my coworkers I was going to donate blood, more and more of them became interested in joining me,” said Nicole. “Why not make things easier by organizing a blood drive here at On-Site?”

The American Red Cross is the largest single supplier of blood and blood products in the U.S. Each year, nearly 4 million people donate blood through the Red Cross, helping to provide more than 40% of America’s blood supply.

Red Cross statistics indicate that an average of 44,000 blood donations are needed each and every day across the country to help treat accident victims, cancer patients, and children with blood disorders, with demand likely increasing in the event of natural disaster.

Regarding the shortage of blood, Nicole said, “everyone has blood to give, but there still isn’t enough to go around. No matter where our donations end up going—to New York, New Jersey or elsewhere—we’re meeting a need.”