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Locals Donate Blood For Victims of Hurricane Sandy

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LAS VEGAS -- Southern Nevada joined in the desperate plea from the East Coast for blood drives.

The American Red Cross is in urgent need of blood donations in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Every blood type is needed, especially O negative, which is the universal donor.

Because of the widespread destruction, the Red Cross was forced to cancel about 300 blood drives on the east coast this week.

That's already caused a shortfall of nearly 9,000 blood and platelet donations.

Roxanne Panzer gave blood because she says she had little else to give.

"I cannot donate financially so I wanted to donate what I could," Panzer said.

"I just can't imagine what their going through and I hope that they make it through okay," Panzer added.

Sunday, Palm Mortuary and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary partnered to offer the drive on West Cheyenne.

If you'd like to donate, the next Red Cross blood drive is Monday at Lowes on Boulder Highway.

Another drive will be Tuesday at Lowes on East Charleston.

Both blood drives will begin at Noon and end at 4pm.

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