Hofstra University will host a community blood drive on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 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.
New York Blood Center (NYBC) is urgently asking blood donors to help rebuild the community’s blood supply, which has fallen to dangerously low levels in the wake of several winter storms that forced the cancellation of several blood drives across the region. NYBC estimates 3,000 scheduled donations have been lost – the largest single loss since Superstorm Sandy.
This year’s drive is part of the New York Mets 2014-15 College Championship. Hofstra won top honor in the 2013-14 College Championship, with more than 500 students donating blood. This program challenges schools to compete in the several categories for a chance to be honored on a special night at Citifield.
At Hofstra’s last blood drive, in October 2014, over 320 units of blood were collected, which will help save an estimated 960 lives, according to NYBC. Since donated blood can only be preserved for 42 days, area hospitals continually need to replenish supplies, particularly in the winter months. One pint of blood is separated into components that can save several lives.
The entire donation process takes less than an hour. Blood donors will receive a free, on-site mini-medical exam, including temperature, blood pressure, pulse rate and hematocrit level. Eligible donors include those people at least age 16 (parental consent required for 16-year-olds), who weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, are in good health and meet all Food & Drug Administration and New York state Department of Health donor criteria.