Readers Write: The importance of donating blood

I would like to impress on the many the importance of donating blood. I was at the Immaculate Conception in Douglaston on May 2, where many groups were being honored for running blood drives.

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio and the New York Blood Center gave praise for Brooklyn and Queens for the 2016 Blood Campaign which accounted for 8,000 donations.

Bishop DiMarzio said,” The donation of blood is a sign of social-consciousness because unless people are willing to donate blood, the health of our communities will not be very well.”

I wholeheartedly agree with the Bishop.

I’m grand knight of St. Anastasia Knights of Columbus council #5911 and as Chairman with my co-chairman Giuseppe Petruso and fellow members Joseph Stock and Martin Aversa, and with the help of Boy Scout Troop #153 we run two blood drives a year at St. Anastasia parish in Douglaston.

Now here is my question, would like to save three lives ?

Giving one pint of blood does just that.

Our blood drive is on June 4 at St. Anastasia parish in Douglaston located 45-14 245th Street on Sunday at 8:45-2:45 Let me also point out that the need for blood is constant.

Did you know that our local hospitals need more than 2.000 pints a day.

You never know when someone you know needs blood or even yourself.

So, if you can please give the gift of life, you will be glad that you did.

Frederick R. Bedell Jr.


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