2003-11-21 / Community

Blood Donor Crisis in New York

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.

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