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January is National Blood Drive Month: Give the Generous Gift of Life This 2015

Written by Kelly Tenny  |  06. January 2015

Donating blood is a safe, satisfying way to give back to those who need it most this year. Blood donations save lives and give the opportunity of life back to millions of Americans around the country who need blood transfusions after fatal accidents, surgeries, and because of disease.

Red blood cells only have a shelf life of 42 days, so they must be constantly replenished to maintain an adequate supply for patients. While donors of all 8 blood types are necessary, those with O negative, A negative and B negative blood types are especially needed at this time.

You must be at least 17 years old, in good health, and weight at least 110 pounds to be eligible to donate blood. If you, or someone you know, is 16 years old and would like to donate blood, then you’ll need written consent from a parent or legal guardian. Here is a link to the New York Blood Center Parental Permission Form for 16 Year Old Donors.

Please remember, you must wait at least eight weeks between donations of whole blood and 16 weeks between double red cell donations. Platelet apheresis donors may give every 7 days up to 24 times per year. Regulations are different for those giving blood for themselves (autologous donors).


Christ Lutheran Church of Islip Terrace Blood Drive
Carleton Ave., Islip Terrace, NY 11752
Wednesday, January 7th from 4 PM to 8 PM
631-581-1710

Farmingdale United Methodist Church Farmingdale Blood Drive
407 Main Street, Farmingdale, NY 11735
Tuesday, January 13th from 4:45 PM to 9 PM
631-884-0149

Red Cross Blood Donations at Tiger Schumann’s Plainview
1161 Old Country Road, Plainview, NY 11803
Wednesday, January 14th from 4 PM to 9 PM
1-800-RED-CROSS

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Blood Drive
Loyal Order of the Moose #1379 Lodge, Mount Sinai, NY 11766
Monday, January 19th from 1 PM to 7 PM
631-854-1650

Blood Drive at Cannondales Sports in Carle Place
233 Glen Cove Road, Carle Place, NY 11514
Thursday, January 22nd from 4 PM to 9 PM

Hempstead Blood Drive
250 Fulton Avenue, Suite 121, Hempstead, NY 11549
Tuesday, January 27th from 11 AM to 4 PM

Stony Brook University Blood Drive
100 Nichols Road, Stony Brook, NY 11794
Tuesday, January 27th from 11:30 AM to 5:30 PM
1-800-RED-CROSS

Afterwards don’t forget to sit back, relax, rehydrate, have a snack & think about those you helped by donating your blood & time at the donation center!

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