In response to critically low blood supplies in local hospitals, Hofstra University will host its spring blood drive on Wednesday, February 27th, 2019, from 8 am to 8 pm in the Student Center Multipurpose Room. The donations will benefit those in need in the New York area through Long Island Blood Services, the regional division of the New York Blood Center (NYBC).
“We typically face lower donations in the cold winter months, and this year, cancelled blood drives and reduced donor turnout have resulted in substantially fewer blood donations,” said Doreen Fiscina of Long Island Blood Services. “NYBC lost about 400 units of blood due to the recent snow storm. The need is critical for all donor types.”
The New York Blood Center aims to maintain a six-or-seven day supply of blood, but currently only has enough for three to four days, she added. Organizers hope to raise at least 350 pints at the spring drive.
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.
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, Fiscina said.
All members of the Hofstra community who meet eligibility requirements are invited to participate, and each student donor will be entered into raffle drawings for a $100 Amazon gift card as well as two $20 Barnes and Noble gift cards. An employee raffle drawing will be held for a pair of Mets tickets.
Walk-ins are welcome, or donor appointments can be made by emailing Elizabeth Lorentzen. A valid photo ID is required.