Hofstra University held its annual winter blood drive on Wednesday, February 25 to benefit the New York Blood Center. Through the efforts of volunteers and the Hofstra community, over 253 units of blood were collected, which will help more than 700 patients in need.
The nearly 12-hour drive welcomed Hofstra faculty, staff, students, and community members from around the area. Student-athletes and students in the Hofstra Red Cross club volunteered at the drive throughout the day.
“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. “We set our goal for this drive at 250, and I am so pleased to have seen us meet our number.”
New York Blood Center (NYBC) was eager to host the Hofstra drive, asking blood donors to help rebuild the community’s blood supply. The supply of blood fell 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.
“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,” said Doreen Friscina, Account Manager New York Blood Center.