East End Responds to Holiday Blood Shortage

Summertime is a great time to make a difference with your blood donation.
Blood supplies on Long Island are running low, but there are plenty of opportunities out there to help out.

Long Island’s blood supplies are running low, and East Enders are doing their share to help fill up blood bank supplies with a slew of blood drives in the upcoming weeks.

Here is a list of upcoming local blood drives:

Tuesday, Dec. 13
Sag Harbor Fire Department
1357 Brick Kiln Road, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
2 to 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 14
Bridgehampton Fire Department
64 School Street, Bridgehampton, NY  11932
2 to 8 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 16
Hampton Bays High School
88 East Argonne Road, Hampton Bays, NY  11946
7:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 19
Sea Star Ballroom, Long Island Aquarium
451 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY  11901
12:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 19
Pierson Middle-High School
200 Jermain Avenue, Sag Harbor, NY  11963
7:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 28
Hilton Garden Inn
2038 Old Country Road, Riverhead, NY  11901
12:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 7
Flanders Fire Department/FRNCA
19 Firehouse Lane, Flanders, NY  11901
1 to 7 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 23
Hampton Bays Library
52 Ponquogue Ave., Hampton Bays, NY  11946
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, online here.

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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