Hofstra University will host its fall blood drive on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 to benefit the New York Blood Center. The drive will be held from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room in the Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center, North Campus.
Almost 2,000 men, women and children in the regional area need blood transfusions every day. Since blood can only be preserved for 42 days, area hospitals continually face high demand 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, and chronically transfused patients suffering from sickle cell disease or thalassemia, notes Doreen Fiscina, of Long Island Blood Services, the regional division of the New York Blood Center.
Participating donors will be entered in a raffle for prizes including gift cards for Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts and Barnes & Noble.
Walk-ins are welcome, or donor appointments can be made by emailing Elizabeth Lorentzen. A valid photo ID is required.