2004-05-21 / Community

New York Blood Center Needs Donors

New York Blood Center Needs Donors

New York City will face its worst blood shortage ever this summer, according to the New York Blood Center (NYBC). Officials at the NYBC are predicting life-threatening shortages of all blood types this summer.

"We have less than half the number of blood drives booked for this summer than we need to meet area hospital patients’ daily demand for 2,000 transfusions a day," explained Dr. Robert Jones, NYBC President & CEO.

Blood in NYBC’s current inventory will perish in six weeks and without a fresh supply of regularly replenished donations "it’s not a big leap to the cancellation of elective and scheduled surgeries and even emergency room closures," added Jones. "So to forestall major calamities this summer, we urge area businesses, community and civic groups, schools, religious institutions and others to support their neighbors and community by both making individual donations and organizing blood drives."

Groups wanting to host blood drives just need to provide space and commitment. For more information on how to make a donation or schedule a blood drive in New York City, Long Island, New Jersey or the Hudson Valley, call New York Blood Center at 1-800-933-BLOOD.

Blood donors must be at least age 17, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, be in good general health and not have donated in the prior 56 days.

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