Hofstra University will host its spring blood drive on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 from 8 am-8 pm in the Plaza Rooms, Student Center, North Campus. 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).
Organizers hope to attract at least 300 donors, which will help reach a total of 12,000 pints donated at Hofstra since it began its collaboration with NYBC in 2001.
“Even though we had a mild winter, we still have had lower donor turnout than in past years,” said Doreen Fiscina of Long Island Blood Services. “Area hospitals continue to be in urgent need for all blood types.”
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.
Each donor will receive a reusable metal straw, and will be entered into raffles for prizes such as gift cards, water bottles, phone grips, and hoodies. In addition, a grand prize will be awarded to the 12,000th donor.
Walk-ins are welcome, or donor appointments can be made by emailing Elizabeth Lorentzen. A valid photo ID is required.