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Blood Donation July 19

Blood Donation July 19

At Park Nursing Home

By Christine Hetzel

A blood shortage emergency has recently been declared in New York and New Jersey, making the need for donations eminent.

"Now in New York we need more people to donate blood," said Sen. Chuck Schumer as he pleaded on July 1 for more New Yorkers to contribute blood.

The blood types that are most in demand include Type O positive, Type O negative and Type B negative.

However, all people over 17 years old who weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health are encouraged to donate blood, no matter what type.

The New York Blood Center’s communications director, Linda Levi said that while certain people are ineligible to give blood, 60 percent of the population can, but only 2 percent truly do.

The blood shortage situation is expected to become much worse if the Federal Food and Drug Administration decides to ban blood from Europe (due to the fear of Mad Cow disease) to be donated. This type of blood donation makes up 25% of the city’s source.

On July 19, any Rockaway resident who is interested in donating blood can go to the Park Nursing Home at 128 Beach 115th Street in Rockaway Park from 10:30a.m. until 4 p.m.

All blood donors must provide photo identification and know their Social Security, visa, or passport numbers.

Also, all donors will be supplied with free refreshments, snacks, and a mini-medical exam.

By making a donation you could be saving a life.

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