As the region struggles with an all-time low blood supply, Hofstra University will host its fall blood drive on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 8 am-8 pm, in the Student Center Plaza Rooms. 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.
“We’re currently in a blood emergency, one that we have never experienced before,” said Doreen Fiscina of Long Island Blood Services. “We are imploring everyone to please donate at the drive to ensure we maintain a sufficient supply for our area hospitals.” New York state currently has less than the minimum seven-day inventory of all blood types needed to maintain a safe blood supply.
Donations are especially needed as the upcoming winter months often bring bad weather and illnesses such as the flu that keep many donors at home, said Fiscina.
Organizers hope to collect at least 300 pints during the 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 added.
All members of the Hofstra community who meet eligibility requirements are invited to participate. Student donors will be entered into a raffle for a $50 card to Barnes & Noble, and employees will have a chance to win a family 4-pack of tickets to “WWE Monday Night Raw” on November 4, 2019 at NYCB Live, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum presented by New York Community Bank, courtesy of WBAB and WBLI.
Walk-ins are welcome, or donor appointments can be made by emailing Elizabeth Lorentzen. A valid photo ID is required.