Ranzenhofer sponsors UNYTS blood drive; Recognizes April as National Donate Life month


    Amherst, N.Y. – New York State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will recognize National Donate Life month by sponsoring an Upstate New York Transplant Services (UNYTS) blood drive at the Eastern Hills Mall on Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

    “One person needs blood every two seconds.  Your blood donation helps families, friends and neighbors right here in Western New York and can save up to three lives.  I encourage residents to help save lives by donating blood to Upstate New York Transplant Services,” said Senator Ranzenhofer.  

    “It is essential to WNY and our hospitals that we have partners in the community to help spread awareness about donation and transplantation.  Sponsoring a blood drive will literally help to save and enhance local lives, and I thank Senator Ranzenhofer for his efforts,” said UNYTS President and CEO Mark J. Simon.

    To schedule an appointment to donate blood, residents can contact UNYTS at (716) 512-7940.  Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health.  Donors should bring valid photo identification, wear comfortable clothing and drink more fluids than normal on the day of the drive.

    Headquartered in downtown Buffalo and established in 1981, UNYTS operates as a not-for-profit organization, serving the eight counties of Western New York and is part of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. It strives to assist donor families, coordinate the donation process and increase knowledge and awareness within the community regarding organ, eye, tissue and blood donation.

    The 61st Senate District encompasses part of the city of Tonawanda, the Towns of Amherst, Clarence, Newstead and Tonawanda in Erie County and all of Genesee County.