Mid-Summer Blood Drive at Nassau Community College Public Invited to Participate

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release June 18, 2008 Contact: Alicia Steger 516.572.9634 e-mail: alicia.steger@ncc.edu

Mid-Summer Blood Drive at Nassau Community College Public Invited to Participate: Wednesday–July 16

Garden City, NY  Nassau Community College (NCC), in conjunction with Nassau University Medical Center, will host its thirteenth annual Mid-Summer Blood Drive on Wednesday, July 16, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room of Nassau Community College's College Center Building. NCC invites members of the community to join our efforts and become donors at our College site.Nassau Community College is continuing its cooperative effort with Nassau University Medical Center to supply a substantial percentage of the blood needs of this major trauma center. The Mid-Summer Blood Drive is held at a time when it is essential that all healthy donors make a conscientious effort to participate. Increases in driving accidents and athletic injuries, along with the usual need for blood products, make this a critical time of year for our local blood bank. In addition, at this time of year there are fewer corporate and neighborhood blood drives, thereby reducing the steady supply to blood collection centers. Many centers are forced to import blood from other parts of the world.

Dr. Arthur Friedman, coordinator of the NCC blood drive, states, "At Nassau Community College we take our community service responsibilities seriously. The NCC family will do its part to maintain an adequate blood supply. We invite all members of the community to join our "more than 50 gallon club" members in our efforts to meet Long Island's blood needs. We look forward to working in partnership with community residents in this much needed blood drive. I am very proud of NCC's commitment to this effort."

Make an appointment to give blood by calling Barbara Vollmer or Dr. Friedman at 516.572.7883 or just stop in on Wednesday, July 16 and say, "I want to be a blood donor!" The process takes less than an hour and refreshments will be served to participants.

Blood donors must be at least 17 years old and in good health. Donors should come with some personal identification. Although light snacks will be provided, we also ask that donors eat before donating.

 

Ref: 1182.6/18/08.190