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August 25, 2017

There is currently a blood shortage. St. John's University is holding its first blood drive on Friday, September 1st. Please consider donating!

Blood Donations needed pre and post Labor Day Holiday!

NYBC urges the public to donate blood as the summer comes to an end!

New York, NY (August 24, 2017) – New York Blood Center (NYBC) is urging the public to donate blood as we head into the Labor Day holiday, the unofficial end to the summer holiday season. As we all enjoy the light traffic and nearly empty roads and trains, we need to remember that these are all proof that this is one of the most popular vacation periods of the summer. With so many people on vacation, blood donations drop significantly this last week of August and into the first ten days of September as parents and students are scurrying to prepare for the start of the school year.

The blood supply and need for blood never take a holiday. Blood Donations are urgently needed this time of year. Not only do we see fewer blood donations, but there are fewer blood drives scheduled during this two week period. And this means fewer convenient opportunities for people to donate. 

“We’re especially thankful to our dedicated Chairpeople and donors who help us during these critical periods!”, Andrea Cefarelli Executive Director Donor Recruitment, New York Blood Center. 

NYBC announced a blood emergency in late June which lasted much of the summer. Raising awareness for this last critical period will help boost blood donations and rebuild the inventory. In later September and into the fall, NYBC is proud to begin working with high schools and colleges. These young donors are critically important to our blood supply and our future long term blood donors! 

O negative blood donors are considered “universal,” and their blood type is needed most readily in trauma situations and emergency departments across the country. Due to its high demand, O negative blood is in short supply and NYBC encourages individuals with this blood type to consider stepping forward and donate today. Our local blood supply has reached a critically low level, with under a two-day supply of O negative, B negative, and A negative.

To donate blood or for information on how to organize a blood drive Please call Toll Free: 1-800-933-2566 Visit: 

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 also encouraged to step up to host a blood drive in July or August to help rebuild the blood supply. Hosting a blood drive is easy and NYBC’s staff will help you every step of the way.

More About Blood Donations

The entire donation process takes less than an hour and a single donation can be used to save multiple lives. Donors with O-negative blood type, or “universal donors,” are especially encouraged to donate, as their blood can be used in emergencies. Nearly 2,000 donations are needed each day in New York and New Jersey alone. About one in seven hospital admissions requires a blood transfusion, and with a limited shelf life, supplies must be continually replenished.

If you cannot donate but still wish to participate in bringing crucial blood products to patients in need, please consider hosting a blood drive or volunteering at a local blood drive.

Any company, community organization, place of worship, or individual may host a blood drive. 

Blood donors receive free mini-medical exams on site including information about their temperature, blood pressure and hematocrit level. Eligible donors include those people at least age 16 (parental consent is required for 16-year-olds), who weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, are in good health and meet all Food & Drug Administration and NY or NJ State Department of Health donor criteria. People age 76 or older may donate if they have a doctor’s note on file with New York Blood Center or if they bring one on the day of the blood drive. 

About New York Blood Center

Now more than 50 years old, New York Blood Center (NYBC) is a nonprofit organization that is one of the largest independent, community-based blood centers in the country. NYBC’s mission is to serve the 20 million people in the New York metropolitan area — and more broadly, our nation and our world — by alleviating human suffering and preserving human life using our medical expertise.

Each year, NYBC provides approximately one million blood products to nearly 200 hospitals in the Northeast. NYBC also provides a wide array of transfusion-related medical services. NYBC is also home to the world’s largest public cord blood bank, which provides stem cells for transplant in many countries, and a renowned research institute, which — among other milestones — developed the hepatitis B vaccine and innovative blood purification technology. 



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