OREM, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Super-storm Sandy canceled hundreds of blood drives today on the east coast, which means there is a potential blood shortage at a time of desperate need.
The storm has killed at least 39 people and has likely injured many more along the New England coast. The news is playing out as Connie Pixton and Bruce Reay donate platelets in Orem. "Just can't imagine what they're going through. I have some family in New York and you know are they sitting in the dark? Do they have food?" said Connie Pixton.
She is donating her platelets. They can only survive five days outside the body, which is why the Red Cross is stocking up in preparation for potential medical emergencies along the impacted storm areas.
Connie is grateful to be doing what she can to help. "We all help each other and we pull together when things are tough. I know someday I'll have a tough time and I'll want somebody to help me," Pixton said.
Bruce Reay is also a regular donor. He is grateful to sacrifice his time and body to try and help others who are recovering from the storm damage.
"It's just horrible those poor people are really suffering. I mean New York City is out of power and will be out of power for a week or so," Reay said.
The American Red Cross lost 9000 units of blood when it shut down New England donation centers.
"l'm thrilled to be somewhat useful to other people," said Reay.
Click on the attached link to find an American Red Cross blood donations center near you.