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Blood drive held for Hurricane Sandy victims

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ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

Superstorm Sandy forced the cancellation of hundreds of American Red Cross blood drives in 13 states and the District of Columbia.

Although the blood supply has been replenished, the storm is an important reminder of why it's the blood on the shelves that helps save lives before, during and after a disaster.

That's why the Atlanta Braves, Rock 100.5 and 680 The Fan are sponsoring a blood drive for Superstorm Sandy victims.

The blood drive is taking place from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday at the Metropolitan Atlanta Red Cross at 1955 Monroe Drive in Atlanta. 

Blood can be safely donated every 56 days.

Most healthy people age 17 and older, or 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds, are eligible to donate blood and platelets.

Donors who are 18 and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.

Call 1-800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to learn more about giving blood or platelets or to schedule an appointment to donate.

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