STATE — New York Blood Center (NYBC) serving more than 20 million people in New York City, Long Island, the Hudson Valley, and New Jersey, is asking the public to roll up its sleeves and donate to make up for blood drives which had to be cancelled because of the snowstorm.
“This surprise snowstorm forced the cancellation of more than 35 blood drives, which translates to about 1,400 units of blood,” said NYBC Vice President Rob Purvis. “We’re confident of our ability to continue providing our partner hospitals with whatever they need, but we need some help to get back on track.”
Blood is traditionally in short supply during the winter months due to the holidays, travel schedules, inclement weather and illness. Approximately 25% of regional blood collection comes from high schools and colleges, which are especially vulnerable to weather-related closures and cancellations.
The need for blood is constant, whatever the weather. The shelf life of platelets is only five days; the shelf life of red blood cells is 42 days. About one in seven people entering a hospital needs blood.
In addition to the immediate need for platelets and O-Negative blood, NYBC is also requesting help in the form of blood drives which anyone can sponsor during January.
To donate blood or for information on how to organize a blood drive, call 1-800-933-2566 or visit www.nybloodcenter.org
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