The New York Blood Center has declared a blood emergency in the New York metropolitan region. In order to replenish blood supplies, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone urged residents yesterday to donate blood at their nearest NYBC donor center.
You can do your share to replenish blood bank supplies at these locations in the weeks ahead:
Tuesday, June 27
Tanger Outlet Food Court
Riverhead, NY 11901
2 to 8 p.m.
Westhampton Beach FD
92 Sunset Avenue
Westhampton Beach, NY
2 to 8 p.m.
Flanders Fire Department
19 Firehouse Lane, Flanders, 2 to 8 p.m.
Riverhead Senior Center
60 Shade Tree Lane,
Aquebogue, 2 to 8 p.m.
Manorville Fire Dept.
14 Silas Carter Road,
Manorville. 2 to 8 p.m.
Wading River Fire Dept.
1503 North Country Rd., Wading River, 3 to 9 p.m.
Tanger Outlet Center Food Court, 2 to 8 p.m.
Shelter Island EMS
12 Manwaring Road, Shelter Island. 2 to 8 p.m.
Blood banks remind volunteers that each pint of blood donated can help save as many as three lives.
In order to give blood, you must be between the ages of 17 (with written parental permission) and 75, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health.
People ages 76 and over can give blood if they meet other eligibility requirements and have written doctor’s permission.
Some other environmental factors — such as recent tattoos or recent trips to areas of the world where blood-borne diseases are prevalent, also disqualify potential donors, and donors must wait eight weeks between donations of whole blood and 16 weeks between double red cell donations.
To schedule donations or to find out if you are eligible to donate, visit the New York Blood Center’s web page at nybloodcenter.org.