Hofstra University will host a blood drive on Tuesday, October 28th to benefit the New York Blood Center.
The drive will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room in the Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center, North Campus.
“Our area faces a high demand for blood. Close to 2,000 donations are needed each day in the New York and New Jersey community for patients who require a lifesaving blood and/or platelet transfusion,” said Doreen Fiscina, account manager for Long Island Blood Services, the regional division of the New York Blood Center.
Last October, on the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, Hofstra hosted the largest community blood drive in Long Island, drawing more than 500 donors. Since donated blood can only be preserved for 42 days, area hospitals continually need to replenish supplies, particularly in the upcoming winter months. One pint of blood is separated into components that can save several lives.
“Those in need include cancer patients, accident, burn, or trauma victims, newborn babies and mothers delivering babies, transplant recipients, surgery patients, chronically transfused patients suffering from sickle cell disease or thalassemia,” Fiscina said.