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Donors Needed for Upcoming Croton Blood Drive

May 3, 2007

Did you know that only 5% of people who are eligible to give blood do so? Many people do not donate blood because they do not understand the vital need for it.

In the United States, someone needs a blood transfusion every 3.75 seconds. In the area serviced by Hudson Valley Blood Services, approximately 475 points are needed by our area 40 hospitals. Donated blood has a short shelf life. The supply must continually be replenished. The snowstorm on Valentine’s Day and subsequent inclement weather in March caused the cancellation of many drives and a dangerous drop in our area’s regional blood supply.

They’re making it easier for you to be a life-saver by bringing the blood bank to our neighborhood. Croton’s next blood drive will be held at Croton Harmon High School gym on Sunday, May 6 from 9 AM to 3 PM. People who are in good health between the ages of 16 and 76 may donate. Each person is carefully screened prior to donation, and those who should not donate are not permitted to do so. Being a blood donor involves no risk what-so-ever, since all equipment touching the donor is brand-new, sterile, disposable, and used only once. Refreshments will be served, baby sitters and transportation are provided.

Appointments are strongly encouraged so that the Hudson Valley Blood Center can ensure the drive is properly staffed. Please make an appointment by emailing or by phoning Carol Shanesy at 271-7645. Please consider this important gift of life! You really can make a difference.


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