2001-10-06 / Front Page

Blood Drives Aim To Offset Shortage

By Gary G. Toms

Due to the tragic events surrounding the attack on the World Trade Center, and an overwhelming response from community residents wanting to get involved, two blood drives have been set up to try and help curtail the New York City blood shortage.

The St. Rose of Lima Church will conduct a blood drive in the Parish Auditorium on Beach 84 Street. The scheduled date is Sunday, October 14, and will operate from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The church is asking that donors be at least between 17 and 75 years of age, in good health and weigh at least 110 pounds. A mini-medical will be given before any donations are accepted.

Similarly, Peninsula Hospital Center, located on Beach 51 Street and Beach Channel Drive, will be conducting a blood drive in the Meditation Room of the Rehabilitation Division on October 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The facility stresses that you must make an appointment, and to do so you can call (718) 734-2626.

On October 1 of this year, the St. Thomas More Parish Hall did their part to address the shortage problem by conducting a blood drive of their own, which proved to be very successful according to reports.

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