Blood Donor Crisis in New York
Due to changing blood donor criteria, donor deferral rates have been increasing since 1999. This predicament has created a critical demand for new people to step forward to donate to ensure there is an adequate supply of blood for hospital patients in Queens who require life-saving transfusions. Only 2% of people in the New York area donate blood versus the national average of 5%.
The New York community requires 2000 life-saving donations of blood daily to meet the needs of over 200 area hospitals.
There will be three donations in the Rockaway & Broad Channel area. The first will be at the Knights of Columbus Post in Broad Channel on November 29 between 9a.m and 2:30p.m. St. Rose of Lima will hold a blood drive on November 30 between 8:30a.m. and 2p.m. Stella Maris High School will hold the final area blood drive on December 10 between 8:30a.m. and 2p.m.
For more information potential donors can call 1.800.933.BLOOD or visit www.nybloodcenter.org.