Albany—State Senator Michael F. Nozzolio (R-Fayette) issued a call today to residents urging them to help strengthen the community’s blood supply by donating blood with the American Red Cross.
“Due to an aging population and advanced medical procedures, there has been a significant increase in the demand for blood,” said Senator Nozzolio. “Unfortunately, there has not been a correlating increase in the number of blood donations. People perform a great service when they donate blood and I sincerely thank those who take the time to donate and help ensure that a safe and healthy supply of blood is readily available to meet the needs of hospital patients throughout our region.”
Nozzolio noted that blood donations usually decrease by approximately 15% during the summer months, as donors take vacation and high schools and colleges are unable to hold blood drives. To meet the needs of hospitals, the Red Cross relies on the generosity of volunteer blood donors.
Donors can schedule an appointment or find out about blood drives in their area by contacting the Red Cross at (800) GIVE-LIFE or www.DonateBloodNow.org. Donors must be 17 years or older, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in generally good health to donate. In New York State, 16-year-olds may donate blood provided they bring an original signed New York State Informed Parental Consent form to the blood drive.