Senator Flanagan Sponsoring Blood Drive In Nesconset

 

With our region facing a high demand for blood donations, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is joining with Long Island Blood Services to sponsor a blood drive on Thursday, June 26 at the Nesconset Branch of the Smithtown Library.  The event will be held from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the library, which is located at 148 Smithtown Boulevard in Nesconset.

With close to 2,000 donations needed every day to meet the demand in our region, it is estimated that every donor’s effort will help to save up to three lives.  Those in need of blood include cancer patients, accident, burn, or trauma victims, newborn babies and mothers delivering babies, transplant recipients, surgery patients, chronically transfused patients suffering from sickle cell disease or thalassemia, and many more.

All residents who are eligible to donate are invited to join the event.  Participants are required to meet the following criteria for their own safety:

  • Minimum weight 110 lbs.
  • Eligible ages are 16 to 75.  Anyone donating who is 16 years old must have parental permission and anyone who is age 76 and over is required to supply a doctor’s note.
  • No tattoos for past 12 months

It is recommended that anyone donating should eat well and drink plenty of fluids.  All donors must bring identification which includes their signature and a photo.  For questions concerning medical eligibility call 1-800-688-0900.

To schedule an appointment or for more information, residents are requested to call Sue Lingenfelter at 516-478-5026 or email her at slingenfelter@nybloodcenter.org.

“It is encouraging to know that something that takes a small amount of time has the potential to save so many lives.  Each and every person who makes the choice to donate is a hero to those in need and I hope everyone who is eligible will join us on June 26,” stated Senator Flanagan.