One of the effects of Superstorm Sandy which we didn't read about in the paper was the cancellation of many local blood drives. The New York Blood Center, which serves the tri-state area, projects a total cumulative shortfall of up to 12,000 units in the next 30 days because of storm damage to locations where blood is collected. NYBC Vice President Rob Purvis commented "Here's the problem: blood drives are still being cancelled at the schools, churches, and workplaces that were damaged. We need to pick up the slack to a degree we have never had to before, and that is why we're so urgently asking our communities for help." We ask you to plan to donate at the Community Blood Drive on Sunday, December 2 at Croton Harmon High School between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Appointments are helpful for scheduling staff and can be made by replying to this email or calling 914-271-7645.
Thank you and best wishes to you and your family for a Happy Thanksgiving.
Community Blood Program Committee
Jo Ann Fannon, Chair
Carol Shanesy, Treasurer
Rosalind Morrissey, Publicity