NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The New York Blood Center says the region’s blood supply has never been lower and donors are urgently needed.

According to the center, a decline in high school and college donors, first-time donors and the overall donor base has contributed to the shortage, along with an increased demand for blood products.

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The center says there are several ways residents can help, from donating blood or platelets themselves to hosting a blood drive and encouraging others to donate.

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To find the blood donor center closest to you, visit or call 1-800-933-2566.

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To schedule an appointment to donate blood, call the New York Blood Center at (800) 933-2566 or visit