GREENSBORO, N.C. - The American Red Cross is urging the public to donate blood in the wake of Hurricane Florence.

The storm's wrath left catastrophic damage behind and took a toll on blood and platelet donations.

"Natural disasters like hurricanes can disrupt blood drives and prevent donors from giving, but hospital patients still depend on lifesaving transfusions," said Cliff Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Blood Services. "There is an especially critical need for platelets to help cancer patients and type O blood donations for ongoing patient care and emergencies. Every donation can be a lifeline for patients."

The Red Cross was forced to cancel nearly 200 blood drives in the Southeast, resulting in more than 5,200 uncollected blood and platelet donations.

In North Carolina, 57 blood drives were called off due to the storm, causing more than 2,000 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected.

As conditions improve, the Red Cross is asking donors of all blood types to help save a life and give blood.

You can make an appointment by using the Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

The Red Cross is also asking for financial donations to provide disaster relief to Florence victims immediately.

You can also help people affected by the deadly storm by visiting RedCross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS, or texting the word "FLORENCE" to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities, Sept. 20-Oct. 15

Alleghany

  • Piney Creek
  • 10/11/2018: 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Piney Creek Elementary School, 559 Piney Creek School Road
  • Sparta
  • 9/24/2018: 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., Sparta United Methodist Church, 190 N. Main St.
  • 10/2/2018: 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Veterans of Foreign Wars, 1193 US Highway 21 N

Ashe

  • Jefferson
  • 9/20/2018: 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Jefferson UMC, 115 East Main Street
  • West Jefferson
  • 10/11/2018: 1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Lowe's Home Improvement, 158 Lowes Drive

Davidson

  • Denton
  • 10/1/2018: 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Central Methodist Church, 276 W. First St.
  • Lexington
  • 9/20/2018: 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Arcadia Lions Club, 1281 Community Road
  • 9/23/2018: 12 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Lowes Home Improvement, 130 Lowes Blvd
  • 9/23/2018: 1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Mountain View Baptist Church, 407 Mt. View Church Road
  • 10/10/2018: 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., First Lutheran Church, 320 South State Street
  • Thomasville
  • 9/20/2018: 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Memorial United Methodist Church, 101 Randolph Street
  • 10/3/2018: 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Tom A. Finch YMCA, 1010 Mendenhall
  • 10/4/2018: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center, 207 Old Lexington Road
  • 10/6/2018: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Southgate Baptist Church, 104 Cloniger Drive
  • 10/6/2018: 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Hasty Volunteer Fire Department, 1306 Joe Moore Road

Davie

  • Cooleemee
  • 10/10/2018: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Cooleemee Elementary School, 136 Marginal Street
  • Mocksville
  • 9/26/2018: 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Davie County Library, 371 North Main Street
  • 10/5/2018: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Davie High School, 180 War Eagle Road

Forsyth

  • Belews Creek
  • 10/13/2018: 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Belews Creek Fire Department, 7675 Belews Creek Road
  • Kernersville
  • 9/22/2018: 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Grace Presbyterian, 360 Hopkins Road
  • 10/1/2018: 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Kernersville Wesleyan Church/Family Life Center, 930 North Main Street
  • 10/15/2018: 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, 205 South Main Street
  • Pfafftown
  • 10/9/2018: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Ronald Reagan High School, 3750 Transou Road
  • Walkertown
  • 10/3/2018: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Walkertown High School, 5240 Sulivantown Road
  • Winston Salem
  • 9/20/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Winston Salem Blood Donation Center, 650 Coliseum Drive
  • 9/21/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Winston Salem Blood Donation Center, 650 Coliseum Drive
  • 9/23/2018: 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Winston Salem Blood Donation Center, 650 Coliseum Drive
  • 9/24/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Winston Salem Blood Donation Center, 650 Coliseum Drive
  • 9/26/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Winston Salem Blood Donation Center, 650 Coliseum Drive
  • 9/27/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Winston Salem Blood Donation Center, 650 Coliseum Drive
  • 9/28/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Winston Salem Blood Donation Center, 650 Coliseum Drive
  • 9/29/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Pinedale Christian Church, 3395 Peters Creek Parkway
  • 9/30/2018: 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Winston Salem Blood Donation Center, 650 Coliseum Drive
  • 9/30/2018: 12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m., Oak Forest United Methodist Church, 11461 Old Hwy 52
  • 10/1/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Winston Salem Blood Donation Center, 650 Coliseum Drive
  • 10/2/2018: 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Piedmont Federal, 201 South Stratford Road
  • 10/2/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Winston Salem Blood Donation Center, 650 Coliseum Drive
  • 10/3/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Winston Salem Blood Donation Center, 650 Coliseum Drive
  • 10/3/2018: 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., University of North Carolina School of the Arts, 1533 S. Main St.
  • 10/4/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Winston Salem Blood Donation Center, 650 Coliseum Drive
  • 10/5/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Winston Salem Blood Donation Center, 650 Coliseum Drive
  • 10/6/2018: 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Olivet Moravian Church, 2205 Olivet Church road
  • 10/7/2018: 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Winston Salem Blood Donation Center, 650 Coliseum Drive
  • 10/8/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Winston Salem Blood Donation Center, 650 Coliseum Drive
  • 10/9/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Winston Salem Blood Donation Center, 650 Coliseum Drive
  • 10/10/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Winston Salem Blood Donation Center, 650 Coliseum Drive
  • 10/11/2018: 6:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Wake Forest Baptist Health, Medical Center Blvd
  • 10/11/2018: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Wake Forest Baptist Health, 1920 West 1st Street
  • 10/11/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Winston Salem Blood Donation Center, 650 Coliseum Drive
  • 10/11/2018: 3 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., South Fork Church Of Christ, 205 Keating Drive
  • 10/12/2018: 6:30 a.m. - 11 a.m., Wake Forest Baptist Health, Medical Center Blvd
  • 10/12/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Winston Salem Blood Donation Center, 650 Coliseum Drive
  • 10/12/2018: 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Wake Forest Baptist Health, Medical Center Blvd
  • 10/14/2018: 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Winston Salem Blood Donation Center, 650 Coliseum Drive
  • 10/14/2018: 12 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Shady Grove United Methodist Church, 167 Shady Grove Church Road
  • 10/15/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Winston Salem Blood Donation Center, 650 Coliseum Drive

Guilford

  • Archdale
  • 9/30/2018: 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Providence Wesleyan High Point, 1505 East Fairfield Road
  • 10/11/2018: 3 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Landmark Baptist Church Archdale, 6055 Sunset View Drive
  • 10/13/2018: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Faith Baptist Church, 5744 Mendenhall Road
  • 10/15/2018: 3 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Gospel Baptist Church, 9042 US Hwy 311
  • Gibsonville
  • 9/29/2018: 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Brown's Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 461 Browns Chapel Rd
  • Greensboro
  • 9/20/2018: 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Greensboro Blood Donation Center, 1501 Yanceyville Street
  • 9/21/2018: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Greensboro Blood Donation Center, 1501 Yanceyville Street
  • 9/21/2018: 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., St. Pius X Catholic Banquet Hall, 2210 N Elm St
  • 9/21/2018: 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Spears Family YMCA, 3216 Horse Pen Creek Road
  • 9/22/2018: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Greensboro Blood Donation Center, 1501 Yanceyville Street
  • 9/23/2018: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Greensboro Blood Donation Center, 1501 Yanceyville Street
  • 9/24/2018: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Greensboro Blood Donation Center, 1501 Yanceyville Street
  • 9/25/2018: 10:30 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., Greensboro Blood Donation Center, 1501 Yanceyville Street
  • 9/26/2018: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Greensboro Blood Donation Center, 1501 Yanceyville Street
  • 9/27/2018: 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Greensboro Blood Donation Center, 1501 Yanceyville Street
  • 9/27/2018: 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 2715 Horse Pen Creek Rd.
  • 9/27/2018: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Congregational United Church Of Christ, 400 West Radiance Drive
  • 9/28/2018: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Greensboro Blood Donation Center, 1501 Yanceyville Street
  • 9/29/2018: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Greensboro Blood Donation Center, 1501 Yanceyville Street
  • 9/30/2018: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Greensboro Blood Donation Center, 1501 Yanceyville Street
  • 10/1/2018: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Greensboro Blood Donation Center, 1501 Yanceyville Street
  • 10/2/2018: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Greensboro Blood Donation Center, 1501 Yanceyville Street
  • 10/3/2018: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Greensboro Blood Donation Center, 1501 Yanceyville Street
  • 10/3/2018: 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Guilford Tech Community College Greensboro, 3505 E. Wendover Av
  • 10/4/2018: 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Greensboro Blood Donation Center, 1501 Yanceyville Street
  • 10/4/2018: 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Guilford College United Methodist Church, 1205 Fleming Road
  • 10/5/2018: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Greensboro Blood Donation Center, 1501 Yanceyville Street
  • 10/5/2018: 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., CaribEx, 4248 Piedmont Parkway
  • 10/6/2018: 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 210 S Chapman St
  • 10/6/2018: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Greensboro Blood Donation Center, 1501 Yanceyville Street
  • 10/7/2018: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Greensboro Blood Donation Center, 1501 Yanceyville Street
  • 10/8/2018: 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., ECPI Tech Coll Greensboro, 7802 Airport Center Drive
  • 10/8/2018: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Greensboro Blood Donation Center, 1501 Yanceyville Street
  • 10/8/2018: 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Morehead United Methodist Church, 3214 Horse Pen Creek Road
  • 10/9/2018: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Greensboro Blood Donation Center, 1501 Yanceyville Street
  • 10/9/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Friendly Avenue Baptist Church, 4800 W. Friendly Ave.
  • 10/10/2018: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Greensboro Blood Donation Center, 1501 Yanceyville Street
  • 10/11/2018: 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Greensboro Blood Donation Center, 1501 Yanceyville Street
  • 10/12/2018: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Greensboro Blood Donation Center, 1501 Yanceyville Street
  • 10/13/2018: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Greensboro Blood Donation Center, 1501 Yanceyville Street
  • 10/14/2018: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Greensboro Blood Donation Center, 1501 Yanceyville Street
  • 10/15/2018: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Greensboro Blood Donation Center, 1501 Yanceyville Street
  • High Point
  • 9/22/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Immaculate Heart of Mary, 4145 Johnson Street
  • 9/22/2018: 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Toussaint L' Ouverture Masonic Lodge 524, 1215 E. Washington Drive
  • 9/26/2018: 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Covenant Church United Methodist, 1526 Skeet Club Road
  • 9/27/2018: 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Deep River Friends Meeting, 5300 W. Wendover Ave.
  • 10/8/2018: 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., United Way of Greater High Point, 815 Phillips Avenue
  • 10/8/2018: 2:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Fairfield United Methodist, 1505 NC Hwy 62 West
  • 10/9/2018: 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Marsh Furniture, 1001 S. Centennial st.
  • 10/13/2018: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Greater First United Baptist Church, 1409 Deep River Road
  • Oak Ridge
  • 10/8/2018: 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Oak Ridge United Methodist Church, 2424 Oak Ridge Road

Rockingham

  • Eden
  • 10/4/2018: 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Eden YMCA, 301 South Kennedy Street
  • 10/10/2018: 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., City of Eden Public Works, 1050 Klyce Street
  • 10/11/2018: 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., UNC Rockingham Healthcare, 117 East Kings Hwy
  • Madison
  • 9/20/2018: 3 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Grace Baptist Church, 3097 US Hwy 311
  • Mayodan
  • 10/2/2018: 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., M & M Rec Center, 300 S 2nd Ave
  • 10/12/2018: 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., McMichael High School, 6845 NC Hwy 135
  • Reidsville
  • 9/21/2018: 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Salem United Methodist Church, 2020 Wentworth St
  • 10/4/2018: 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., First Baptist Church Reidsville, 409 South Main St.
  • 10/9/2018: 1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Monroeton Elementary School, 8081 US HWY 158
  • 10/13/2018: 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Yanceyville Road Volunteer Fire Department, 3361 US HWY 158
  • Stoneville
  • 10/15/2018: 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Vera Holland Center, 203 East Main Street
  • Wentworth
  • 9/24/2018: 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Rockingham Community College, County Home Road

Rowan

  • China Grove
  • 9/30/2018: 1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Mt. Moriah Lutheran Church, 750 Mt. Moriah Church Road
  • 10/7/2018: 1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Mt. Zion United Church of Christ, 1415 S. Main Street
  • Cleveland
  • 10/1/2018: 3 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Cool Springs United Methodist Church, 1902 Mocksville Hwy
  • Faith
  • 10/14/2018: 12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m., Faith Baptist, 203 N Main Street
  • Rockwell
  • 10/9/2018: 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Saleeby-Fisher YMCA, 790 Crescent Road
  • Salisbury
  • 9/20/2018: 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., JF Hurley Family YMCA, 828 Jake Alexander Blvd
  • 9/20/2018: 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Midas, 2130 Statesville Blvd
  • 10/1/2018: 12 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., American Red Cross, E.H. Dole Chapter I, 1930 Jake Alexander Blvd West

Stokes

  • Danbury
  • 10/11/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., North Stokes High School, 1350 North Stokes School Road
  • King
  • 9/27/2018: 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., West Stokes High School, 1400 Priddy Road
  • 10/14/2018: 12 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., First Christian Church of King, 625 Meadowbrook Drive

Surry

  • Dobson
  • 9/27/2018: 12 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., STMC, 819 East Atkins Street
  • 10/3/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Surry Community College, 630 South Main Street
  • Elkin
  • 10/2/2018: 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Elkin Elementary School, 135 Old Virginia Road
  • 10/15/2018: 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Elkin Rescue Squad, 946 North Bridge Street
  • Mount Airy
  • 9/23/2018: 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Calvary Baptist Church, 314 South Franklin Road
  • 10/1/2018: 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Surry American Red Cross, 844 Westlake Drive
  • 10/7/2018: 12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m., Bannertown Baptist Church, 1834 Westfield Road
  • 10/9/2018: 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Haymore Baptist Church, 319 Rockford Street
  • Westfield
  • 10/9/2018: 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Nancy Reynolds Elementary, 1585 NC Hwy 66 North

Watauga

  • Blowing Rock
  • 10/2/2018: 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., American Legion, 333 Wallingford Rd
  • Boone
  • 9/27/2018: 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Blue Ridge EMC, 2491 US HWY 421 S
  • 10/2/2018: 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Holiday Inn Express Boone, 1943 Blowing Rock Rd
  • 10/8/2018: 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Modern Toyota, 225 Modern Drive
  • Vilas
  • 10/4/2018: 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Cove Creek School, 930 Vanderpool Road

Wilkes

  • Hays
  • 9/29/2018: 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., Bethel Baptist Church Hays, 3656 Mountain View Road
  • 10/5/2018: 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., North Wilkes High School, 2986 Traphill Road
  • Millers Creek
  • 10/1/2018: 1:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Millers Creek Methodist Church, 3260 North NC Hwy 16

Yadkin

  • Boonville
  • 9/28/2018: 3 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Divine Redeemer Catholic Church, 209 Lon Avenue
  • East Bend
  • 9/28/2018: 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Forbush High School, 1525 Falcon Road
  • Yadkinville
  • 10/15/2018: 1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Yadkin Center, 4649 Hwy 601