NY Blood Center Encourages New Yorkers To Donate Blood And More This Holiday

This Thanksgiving, New York Blood Center (NYBC) is giving thanks to blood donors by providing t-shirts to every presenting donor at all 19 area donor centers.

This promotion will be available from Monday, November 21st to Wednesday, November 30th, 2022, as a way for blood donors to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.

As the holiday season approaches, school breaks, family vacations and holiday travel all contribute to making blood donations less of a priority. 

Hospitals and patients rely upon a steady flow of volunteer donors to receive life-saving blood donations, but the past two years have brought chronic blood shortages nationwide. The region’s blood supply currently stands at a 2-4-day level, which is well below the ideal level of 5-7-days.

“This holiday season, we are thankful for the folks who make the selfless act of donating blood a routine in their lives. We’re asking all eligible blood donors to give the gift of life in honor of Thanksgiving. Come out, bring a friend and get a fun t-shirt,” said Andrea Cefarelli, Senior Vice President at New York Blood Center. “We can’t think of a better way for New Yorkers to celebrate the holidays, than by giving back to their fellow New Yorkers.”

Donating blood is easy and only takes one hour. We are taking extra precautions to help prevent the person-to-person spread of COVID-19. As always, people are not eligible to donate if they’re experiencing a cold, sore throat, respiratory infection or flu-like symptoms. People can donate blood regardless of vaccination status. Additional information on donor eligibility and COVID-19 precautions is available here.

To make an appointment, donors can call 1-800-933-2566 or visit nybc.org. Can’t donate blood? You can still support NYBC’s mission by texting ‘NYBC’ to ‘20222’ to give $25.

New York Blood Center

Founded in 1964, New York Blood Center (NYBC) is a nonprofit organization that is one of the largest independent, community-based blood centers in the world. NYBC, along with its operating divisions Community Blood Center of Kansas City, Missouri (CBC), Innovative Blood Resources (IBR), Blood Bank of Delmarva (BBD), and Rhode Island Blood Center (RIBC), collect approximately 4,000 units of blood products each day and serve local communities of more than 75 million people in the Tri-State area (NY, NJ, CT), Mid Atlantic area (PA, DE, MD, VA), Missouri and Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, Rhode Island, and Southern New England.

NYBC and its operating divisions also provide a wide array of transfusion-related medical services to over 500 hospitals nationally, including Comprehensive Cell Solutions, the National Center for Blood Group Genomics, the National Cord Blood Program, and the Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute, which — among other milestones — developed a practical screening method for hepatitis B as well as a safe, effective and affordable vaccine, and a patented solvent detergent plasma process.

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