We spotted a tweet from the New York Blood Center this morning, that said the city’s community blood supply is dangerously low. According to the New York Blood Center:
Many blood drives have been cancelled because of accumulated or predicted snowfall, many donors haven’t been able to make scheduled donation appointments due to the weather, and hospital demand for blood types – notably O-negative, the universal blood type because of its usefulness in trauma situations – remains high.
How can you help? Well, the 78th Precinct (65 6th Avenue) will be holding a blood drive on February 19, from 12pm to 6pm. In order to donate, you must be at least age 16 (with parental permission or consent), weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, are in good health and meet all Food & Drug Administration and NY or NJ State Department of Health donor criteria. People over 75 may donate with a doctor’s note.
If you can’t make it to the 78th Precinct blood drive, but would still like to help, call the New York Blood Center at 1-800-933-2566, or visit their website at www.nybloodcenter.org for information on where to donate, or how to organize a blood drive of your own.