Hofstra University will host a community blood drive on Monday, June 11, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. to respond to an emergency shortage in the region.
A Long Island Blood Services busmobile will be stationed on the North Campus between the Mack Student Center and the Human Resources building (Parking Field 8).
“Historically, after Memorial Day weekend, we usually face a blood shortage because high schools and colleges are winding down and don’t hold any more drives,” said Doreen Fiscina of Long Island Blood Services, the regional division of the New York Blood Center. “But our collection totals for the month of June are considerably lower than in past years, so the need is especially critical right now.”
Each donor will receive a pair of tickets by email to a 2018 Mets baseball home game as an added incentive, she said.
In the Long Island and New York City area, almost 2,000 men, women and children need blood transfusions every day. Since blood can only be preserved for 42 days, area hospitals continually face high demand to replenish supplies. One pint of blood is separated into components that can save several lives.
Eligible students, faculty, staff, as well as members of the public, are invited to participate, and must bring a valid photo ID. Donors are required to be between 16 to 75 years old (16 year olds must have parental permission); weigh at least 110 pounds; and have had no new tattoos in the last year.
Appointments can be arranged, but are not required. For more information, contact Doreen Fiscina at 516-478-5031.