While it is not unusual for the blood donations and supplies to decrease towards the end of summer, this year a state-wide blood emergency was declared on June 11th and is still in effect. In this situation, shortages have to be dealt with on a day-to-day basis. If the need for blood were to spike due to any reason, lives could be lost if supplies are not on the shelf and blood needs to be shipped in from other areas. Those potentially affected include accident and burn victims, cancer patients, premature babies, women with complications of labor and delivery, etc.
If you haven’t already donated this summer, the Pleasantville Volunteer Fire Department and the Pleasantville Volunteer Ambulance Corps will be hosting a Summer Blood Drive at the Pleasantville Fire House, 75 Washington Ave, on Wednesday, August 8 from 2:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Since it is also difficult to organize community drives during the summer, blood donors from all towns are welcome to come to lend their help.
For questions regarding eligibility (travel, medications, last donation, etc): call (800) 688-0900. To sign up: on-line at www.nybloodcenter.org/donate-blood/ or call (800) 933-2566. Although it is helpful to let the organizers know in advance that you plan to come, walk-ins are always accepted.
Direct access to online registration: https://drm.nybloodcenter.org/PublicScheduler/GroupLanding.aspx?GroupCode=09181