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New York Blood Center Urges Public to Donate Blood During the Holidays

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NYBC Urges Public to Donate at Blood Drives, Centers During Forthcoming Holidays and into the New Year.

New York Blood Center (NYBC) is asking the public to donate blood at a nearby drive, NYBC center, or mobile unit to assist replenish the community’s blood supply. Cold and flu season, the holidays, school breaks, and inclement weather impact donations at this time of year.  It is imperative for NYBC to always have an adequately stocked blood supply to respond when communities are faced with patient traumas or other events that require lifesaving blood products.

In order to maintain a safe blood supply, a seven-day inventory of all types must be continually replenished. Companies, organizations, and community groups are encouraged to donate or host their own blood drives to assist rebuild the blood supply – NYBC’s staff can assist each step of the way.

“By spreading the word or even hosting your own blood drive, inviting friends, family, and community organizations, you may save lives in your community,” said Andrea Cefarelli, Executive Director Donor Recruitment for NYBC. “We are in dire need of O negative blood with a reserve that is presently below ideal levels.”  O negative blood donors are considered “universal,” and their blood type is needed most readily in trauma situations and emergency rooms across the country. Because of its high demand, O negative blood is in short supply, and NYBC encourages individuals with this blood type to consider stepping forward and donating recently.

Blood donors must be between the ages of 16 (with signed parental consent) and 75 (or older with a doctor’s written permission), weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, and be in generally good health. All donors will benefit from a free mini exam counting a review of their pulse rate, blood pressure, and temperature. Donors will need a photo or signature ID. Donors who are not sure if they are eligible to donate can call 1-800-688-0900.

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