Oyster Bay Town leaders are urging residents to take part in the town's semi-annual blood drive on Thursday, March 7.
Winter is traditionally a season when blood donations decrease while hospital and patient needs remain the same.
“Approximately every two seconds, someone needs blood,” said Supervisor John Venditto. “An estimated four million Americans would die each year without it, which is why volunteer blood donors are always needed.”
“Blood banks need to be prepared 365 days a year,” said Councilman Joe Muscarella. “That is why people should always donate whenever they can."
Donating is quick and easy and is an entirely safe procedure. All materials used during the process are sterile, disposable and used only once…by you.
The blood drives will be held at these locations:
- Town Hall South Conference Room, 977 Hicksville Road, Massapequa (9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)
- Town Hall North at the Blood Mobile, 54 Audrey Avenue, Oyster Bay (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
- The Department of Public Works War Room (Highway Department), 150 Miller Place (11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.).
To qualify as a blood donor, a person must between the ages of 17 and 75 years old (16 with parental permission and 76 or older with a doctor’s note dated within one year of donation), weigh at least 110 pounds and not have donated blood within the last 56 days.
To make an appointment to donate, or for additional information contact Nancy Haarstick at (516) 624-6304.