Hundreds of students, faculty, administrators, and staff participated in the spring blood drive, donating a total of 263 pints that will be divided into components that will help 789 people in need.
The Feb. 27 drive benefited the New York Blood Center, the sole supplier of blood to Northwell Health and the Catholic Health System.
“I make it a point to donate whenever Hofstra runs these blood drives because it is my way of giving back,” said Adriana Gonzalez of the Plant Department, who won the employee raffle for two Mets tickets. “My blood can save a life or multiple lives. Isn’t this the reason we’re here – to help one another?”
Several students also won raffles for prizes including a $100 gift card.
The spring drive helped meet a critical need for blood as area hospital face severe shortages during the harsh winter months. In the Long Island and New York City area, almost 2,000 men, women and children need blood transfusions every day. 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.