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Hofstra hosts blood drive on Superstorm Sandy anniversary

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Hofstra University will host a blood drive on Tuesday, October 29 – the anniversary of Superstorm Sandy – to help the New York Blood Center restore supplies that remain depleted a year after the historic storm. The blood drive is the largest community blood drive on Long Island during the Fall/Winter 2013 season.

The drive will be held from 8:30 am to 8 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room in the Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center, North Campus.

 The New York Blood Center estimates it lost more than 12,000 units of blood in 2012 from storm damage to existing blood supplies or blood drives that were cancelled in the wake of Sandy. On November 7th, 2012, Hofstra University worked with Long Island Blood Services to host a drive that drew 375 registered donors and collected over 350 pints of blood.

“The drive at Hofstra last year helped us to collect 358 pints and save a potential of 1074 lives. We …hope this year’s drive is just as successful,” said Doreen Friscina, account manager for Long Island Blood Services, which is a division of the New York Blood Center.

This year The New York Blood Center has partnered with the XLVIII New York/New Jersey Super Bowl Host Committee to present the “Super Community Blood Drive.”  Each donor who registers at any drive taking part in this program, including the drive at Hofstra, is entered to win two tickets to Super Bowl XLVIII.

Close to 2,000 men, women and children in our community need blood transfusions each day. Since blood lasts only 42 days, area hospitals continually need to replenish supplies, particularly in the winter. One pint of blood is separated into components that can save several lives.


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