NY blood center issues appeal for blood donors

August 29, 2011 7:44:50 AM PDT
The New York Blood Center is in urgent need of blood donors because it lost an estimated 2,000 donations during the storm.

The center cancelled all blood drives during Sunday's storm. Its normal three-to-five-day inventory level has dropped below the two-day minimum.

It says several blood types are needed, including O-negative, which can be transfused into anyone.

The center serves more than 20 million people in New York City, Long Island, the Hudson Valley and New Jersey.

Donors can call 1-800-933-2566 or visit the center's website at NYBloodCenter.org for more information.