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OneBlood sends shipments to Puerto Rico

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SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - A blood bank that serves the Suncoast is now in the process of sending shipments of blood to Puerto Rico.

OneBlood is working closely with the American Red Cross, the Blood Centers of America and America's Blood Centers to coordinate daily shipments of blood and platelets to hospitals in Puerto Rico.

The widespread destruction and flooding is making blood collections on the island extremely difficult.

Hospitals there are in need of help from the mainland to help ensure a ready blood supply for patients.

To make sure OneBlood can continue assisting Puerto Rico, they are asking all those who are eligible to donate blood.