Alto Weekly Online Edition
Sept. 12, 2001, 10:25 a.m.
Blood center at Stanford overwhelmed with donors
Staff asks many to come back next week when
more supplies will be needed
by Bill D'Agostino
Hoping to aid the physical and emotional healing in the wake of
the New York City and Washington D.C. airplane attacks, local residents
congregated at area blood centers and churches this week.
The Stanford Blood Center in both Palo Alto and Mountain View
faced standing-room only crowds all day Tuesday as residents responded
to the crises. Due to limited resources, the center's staff told
many of them to come back another day, because the center was unable
to handle the overflow.
Leslie White, a housewife and mother of two, was one of the over
150 donors who went to the Stanford Blood Center in Palo Alto on
Tuesday. White said she felt "helpless" seeing the television images
of such large acts of terrorism hitting so close to home.
Going to the center to donate blood "seemed like one small thing
I could do," White said.
Tuesday afternoon, blood collected from the Stanford center was
being sent to Sacramento Medical Foundation Blood Center. Five hundred
units of blood from Sacramento were being sent cross country in
a fire truck, to aid hospitals in New York facing critical blood
Area donations are thereby "helping by proxy," according to Michele
Gassaway, the center's community and media relations coordinator.
Gassaway said the Stanford center was asking people to call for
appointments "to make sure we have an adequate supply if it is needed."
The center's appointment line is (650) 723-7831 or (toll free)
(888) 723-7831. The Stanford center operates two donation centers,
at 800 Welch Road in Palo Alto (across from Stanford Hospital) and
at 515 South Drive, off Grant Road (across from El Camino Hospital)
in Mountain View.
Appointments can also be made at the center's Web site: http://bloodcenter.stanford.edu.
"Donations made a day from now or a week from now are just as
important as ones made today," Gassaway said Tuesday.
An impromptu candle vigil was set up inside Stanford's Memorial
Church. The painted images of the angels of Love, Faith, Hope, and
Charity sat atop the church and looked down on the worried and huddled
believers as they flocked inside.
Nine local Red Cross volunteers trained in mental health aid for
disasters were on standby on Tuesday, ready to be called to any
of the scenes of destruction. According to Red Cross Public Relations
Manager Deepa Arora, many others called, telling her, "this is what
I'm trained for -
how can I help?"
"The local response has been tremendous," Arora said.