Hofstra University held its annual fall blood drive on Tuesday, October 28th to benefit the New York Blood Center.
The nearly 12-hour drive welcomed Hofstra faculty, staff, students, and community members from around the area. Student-athletes and students in the Physician Assistant Studies program volunteered at the drive throughout the day. Through the efforts of volunteers and the Hofstra community, over 320 units of blood were collected, which will help more than 950 patients in need.
“It was so exciting to see the entire campus working as one for such a great cause,” said event organizer Elizabeth Lorentzen, training and development coordinator. “It really gave one a sense of family, seeing Hofstra come together to give back to the community in need.”
Last October, on the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, Hofstra hosted the largest community blood drive on Long Island. 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.
“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 Friscina, account manager for Long Island Blood Services, the regional division of the New York Blood Center.
“Those in need include cancer patients, accident, burn, or trauma victims, newborn babies and mothers delivering babies, transplant recipients, surgery patients, and chronically transfused patients suffering from sickle cell disease or thalassemia,” Friscina said.