The 73rd Croton Community Blood Drive will be held on Sunday, December 3, 2006, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Croton Harmon High School. Our community is currently experiencing a blood supply emergency. Hudson Valley Blood Services, the agency which serves the hospitals in our area, is down to a two to three-day supply of blood for transfusions.
True, newer restrictions imposed by the FDA to protect the safety of patients and donors could be contributing to shortages. But the main reason is would-be donor apathy. Of the 40% of Americans who could safely donate, less than 4% actually do. Don’t let apathy threaten the life of you or someone you love.
Blood donation is painless, and donating through the Croton Community Blood drive makes it even easier for you to be generous. Donors must be at least 16 years but not greater than 76 years of age, weigh 110 pounds, and be in good health. A short medical screening is done on-site before you donate for your protection. If you have a question regarding your medical eligibility, you can speak to a nurse at Hudson Valley Blood Services by calling 1-800-688-0900.
Appointments are highly recommended to ensure adequate medical personnel and to expedite donations the day of the drive. To schedule an appointment, please contact Carol Shanesy at 914-271-7645. Please tell Carol you learned about the drive on the blog. A life may depend on it!