St. Patrick’s Day Community Blood Drive

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Port resident and blood donor, Marina Vlahos with Manhasset resident and blood donor, Chris-Marie Tzavelis.

Roll up your sleeve and donate a pint on March 17, at the Archangel Michael Church Blood Drive, 100 Fairway Drive in Port Washington, between 2:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, administered by The New York Blood Center.

You may be astounded to learn that New York has never been self-sufficient in meeting its need for blood. There is no substitute for human blood and one-in-three adults will require a blood transfusion at some point in our lives. You can help remedy this situation by donating blood and giving the “gift of life”.

The blood supply is critically low. By giving just one pint of blood, you will be able to help supply hospitals in Nassau County and Queens and save the lives of three people. The donation will include a mini medical examination and will take up to an hour per donor. To donate blood, you must be between the ages of 16 and 75 – anyone under 16-year-olds needs parental permission; 76 and over need doctor’s note – weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, and feel well on the day of the drive. Donors must also bring ID and know their social security number for the drive. Please bring your blood donor ID card for a quick registration.

In addition, this year New York Blood Center will have “ALYX”, an automated red blood cell donation system that allows you to donate two units of critically needed red cells in just one visit. Red cells are critically needed by surgery/trauma patients, cancer/chemotherapy patients, accident/burn victims, and at-risk infants.

Give the gift of life, donate blood on Tuesday, March 17th. For more information or to make an appointment, call Marina Vlahos at (516) 627-7303.

Submitted by Marina Vlahos

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