By Nicole Brems
On two Wednesdays during the month of October, the 19th and 26th, the Long Island Blood Center, the local chapter of the New York Blood Center, will be visiting Suffolk to collect blood donations.
Since it’s inception in 1964 the New York Blood Center has become the largest non-profit, community-based blood collection and distribution organization in the country. Annually the blood center provides nearly one million components of blood to almost 200 hospitals throughout parts of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.
Nearly 2,000 people donate at one of the various blood drive or blood center locations every day. The NYBC does not only accept whole blood, at their blood drives they also accept automated red cell donations. At their multiple blood centers they also accept platelets, plasma, and leukocytes(white cells).
For those who don’t normally donate the NYBC has a rewards program as an incentive for blood donors. The blood center offers different amounts of points for the kind of donation you give. They also give you extra points the frequency of donating and for donating during certain seasonal times.
The blood center also has special incentives to try to get people in to donate platelets. In the past they have given away triple points, $25 gift cards to various stores, even NYBC umbrellas.
So, please go out on October 12th or 26th to the Grant campus and Riverhead campus, respectively, and donate blood. The blood center will be set up in HSEC fieldhouse, on the Grant campus, from 8am-8pm on the 12th and Peconic building, in Riverhead, room 100 from 9am-3pm on the 26th.
Please give an hour to save a life!