Blood donations the most precious gift of all this Christmas

December 19, 2012 by  

As the region continues to recover from Hurricane Sandy, Nanuet residents have the opportunity to give an exceptional gift to their neighbors in the metro/tri-state community – their blood.

The storm’s impact on the blood supply has been well documented and though it, too, has been recovering, ongoing commitment from the public is still necessary. Blood donations typically fall during the holiday season, as people’s hectic schedules may preclude them being able to set aside time to give.

Two blood drives on December 27, one at the Nanuet Public Library (149 Church Street) from 1:30 pm to 7:30 pm, and another at the Nanuet Community Ambulance (255 South Middletown Road) from 4:00 pm until 8:30 pm., will aid in ensuring that the stocks return quickly to appropriate levels, provided they are well attended. The New York Blood Center (NYBC) will administer both drives.

Through drives such as those in Nanuet, as well as collection at its 30 donation centers, NYBC is able to distribute more than a million blood products annually to patients in New York City, the Hudson Valley, Long Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Over and above blood collection, NYBC also provides bone marrow transplant services, banks cord blood, and maintains a research branch that has produced a significant number of licenses and landmark patents.

Printing companies interested in helping to promote the Nanuet blood drives should contact the respective sponsors for information and flyer and poster printing requirements. Public postings, both in hard copy and electronic formats, drive participation in such single-day collection events. To learn about NYBC’s services, visit its website.