Updated 12/14/2011 12:57 PM
Blood Center Seeks Donors For Holiday Season And Beyond
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The New York Blood Center is looking for a few good donors this holiday season.
The center has teamed up with New York Presbyterian Hospital for a two-day blood drive.
The blood center needs donations from nearly 2,000 people a day.
Organizers say donations drop significantly during the holidays.
With so many people traveling, and the possibility of unexpected weather like last year's Christmas blizzard, they are hoping to stock enough blood to help save lives.
"We've been doing these drives for just over 10 years and we feel that they're really very important to the organization and to healthcare in general," said Jessica Prata of NY-Presbyterian Hospital. "Blood is such an essential supply to allow a lot of medical professionals in our organization and just to the organization in general to provide the best care to our patients and to make sure that we always have the supply when patients are in need."
"I've been in the ER for 27 years so there is a great need for it and to see it on the other end you don't know whose blood or where it's going but you know that someone gave it somewhere to help within the trauma," said NY-Presbyterian Hospital MRI Technologist Peter Harden.
You can donate blood if you are between the ages of 17 and 75, weigh at least 110 pounds, and are in good health.
Sixteen-year-olds can donate with parental permission, and those over 75 can donate with a doctor's note.
For more information about blood drives and drive locations, visit nybloodcenter.org or call 1-800-933-BLOOD.