2005-02-18 / Community

Peninsula To Host Blood Drive

Peninsula Hospital will host a blood drive on Monday, February 28 from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The drive comes as the blood inventory of New York Blood Center, the majority supplier of blood to Queens and New York area hospitals, has dropped to crisis proportions according to the New York Blood Center (NYBC).

The NYBC has issued an urgent appeal to all potential blood donors and blood drive organizers.

People are being urged to call 1-800-933-BLOOD or go to www.nyblood cen ter.org to schedule immediate donations and drives in New York City, Long Island, the Hudson Valley and New Jersey. Donors can also donate at a local hospital if it has a donor room.

Eligible blood donors must be between the ages of 17 to 75 (or older with a doctor’s written permission), weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and in good health.

All donors receive a free mini medical exam including a check of their pulse rate, blood pressure, temperature and hemoglobin content to determine donor suitability.

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