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Did you know that there would need to be over 2,000 volunteer blood donations each day to meet the transfusion needs of patients in Tri-State area hospitals? With shortages across New York and New Jersey, there’s ample opportunity for residents to donate to the cause. Below are just some of the blood drives happening in our area this summer. For more information from the New York Blood Center, click here.


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Wednesday, August 18, 2011
MCU Park
1904 Surf Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11224

Not only will people who participate in the MCU Park get to give the gift of blood, but they will receive a gift as well! People who donate blood at MCU Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones, will receive a ticket to a future Cyclones’ game.

Long Island

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Thursday, July 28, 2011
10 AM – 8 PM
Roosevelt Field Shopping Mall
630 Old Country Road
Garden City, New York 11530

New York Blood Center is going on tour with WPLJ – a blood tour! They’ll be stopping at Simon Malls in New York and New Jersey and giving participants WPLJ Blood Tour t-shirts. Additionally, the first 20 donors will get a $20 Simon Mall gift card.


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Wednesday, August 10, 2011
8 AM – 2 PM
JP Morgan Chase
270 Park Avenue
New York, New York 10017

One in 20 Americans will need a blood transfusion his/her life; when deciding whether or not to donate, remember that one day you may need to be at the other end of the donation.

New Jersey

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011
10:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Kenneth Cole Productions
400 Plaza Drive
Secaucus, New Jersey 07094

Wednesday, August 10, 2011
6 AM – 8 PM
Hoboken Public Safety
106 Hudson Street
Hoboken, New Jersey 07030

One blood donation is then divided into several components, such as red blood cells, plasma and platelets. That means that a single blood donation can save three different lives.


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Saturday, July 30, 2011
12 PM – 6 PM
Queens Seventh Day Adventist Church
40-34 102nd Street
Corona , New York 11368There are 43,000 pints of blood donated in the United States and Canada every day; these donations are used for the people who are in need of blood transfusions. In the United States, there’s someone in need of blood every two seconds.


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Thursday, July 21, 2011
10:30 AM – 4:30 PM
NYPD 45th Precinct
2877 Barkley Ave
Bronx , New York 10465In order to be an eligible donor, you must be a healthy adult (age 17 and older) who weighs at least 110 pounds. You must wait 56 days between donations.

Staten Island

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Sunday, July 24, 2011
10 AM – 4 PM
JCC Staten Island
1466 Manor Rd
Staten Island, New York 10314There are four blood types: A, B, AB and O. AB in the universal recipient and O is the universal donor, therefore the most in demand.

For more information on blood drives in your area check out the New York Blood Center.

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