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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2005 9:43 am    Post subject: BROOKLYN\STATEN ISLAND BLOOD SERVICES Reply with quote

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BROOKLYN, NY, October 26, 2005– New York Blood Center (NYBC), the majority supplier of transfusion products for close to 200 New York are hospitals, is seeking volunteer blood donation as recording rain this season seems to have discouraged donors

“While events like Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and Wilma inspire donations of all types, in reality the blood transfusion needs of Gulf Coast hurricane victims are being met locally. Patients in our own backyard, however, face blood shortages if more donors do not give the gift of life locally,” explained Dr. Robert Jones, NYBC President & CEO.

A national blood banking task force focusing on terrorism and natural disasters convened after these Hurricanes and found no need to mobilize blood centers to collect and ship extra blood to the Gulf Coast region. Rather, the task force emphasized the need for people to donate in their own communities in support of current and future transfusion needs.

“Remember, it’s the blood already on the shelf in local communities that handles both everyday and emergency needs,” points out Ms. Michele Shenfeld, Executive Director of Brooklyn/Staten Island Blood Services . “Each day surgery and cancer patients require transfusion care as do trauma and accident victims, transplant patients, newborn babies and so many other men, women and children throughout the New York area. In fact, the metropolitan area needs 2,000 volunteer donations a day just to meet our own community’s needs. This summer we fell short of our daily collection goal by about 25%. We hope to build a more abundant supply of blood this fall and as we head into the holiday and winter season.”

Ms Shenfeld adds that blood donors receive a free mini medical exam each time they donate, “ensuring their own health as well as the health of their community with each donation.”

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Who Can Help?

Blood donors must be at least age 17 (or age 16 in NY with parents/guardians’ written permission), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good general health. Individuals or groups seeking blood drive or donor location information in Brooklyn or Staten Island are being urged to call 1-800-933-BLOOD or go to www.nybloodcenter.org.

Where Can I Make a Donation?

The Brooklyn Donor Center
120 Lawrence Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Sunday, Saturday 12:15pm –7:00pm
Saturday, Friday, Sunday 8:15am – 3:00pm
Monday 9:15am - 3:00pm

Staten Island Pergament Mall Donor Center
(Above Verizon Wireless)
2791 Richmond Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10314

Monday and Thursday 9:30am – 8:30pm
Friday 8:30am – 3:30pm
Saturday 8:30am – 2:30PM

Brooklyn/Staten Island Blood Services is a region of the New York Blood Center, one of the nation’s largest community-based, non-profit blood centers.
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