NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – For the past 36 years, every eight to 10 weeks, 79-year-old Joe Mannana has donated blood and he’s hit yet another milestone.

This past week, Mannana donated his 70th pint of blood.

“That’s my Sicilian blood,” he said. “I said, ‘You give ‘em this Sicilian blood. It’s guaranteed to wake them up.’”

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The New Rochelle native said he’s been donating since 1974 when a co-worker’s relative got sick. As soon as he donated, he said he was struck at how good it made him feel to help.

“It makes me feel good. I really mean that. That’s coming from my heart,” he said.

Since then, he’s been a regular for American Red Cross.

“I just kept doing it. I said I’m not a very talented man. I can’t act, I can’t sing and I can’t dance, but I can sure as hell give blood,” he said.

And now, he’s got a new goal: 10 gallons.

“I still would like to give blood right up until I can. And I’m sure for the 10 gallons,” he said.

Would you like to donate blood? You can learn more information through the American Red Cross. Visit the website here.

  1. Laurie says:

    I have been donating since the early ’70 but the NY Blood Bank only has the records from when they took it over in 1988. So, as of 1988, I have donated 68 pints of blood and I’m only 62 years old. Two (2) more pints to go and this summer will make my 70th. My feeling is this is the easiest way to give back to the community and it doesn’t cost anything.

    If only I could get the information prior to 1988 it’s bound to be a lot more.

    Laurie from Rockland County

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