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American Red Cross and YMCA of Long Island partner for “Week of Giving” Blood Drives

LongIsland.com

The drives will start on January 6th.

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Glen Cove, NY - January 2, 2013 - The American Red Cross and the YMCA of Long Island are partnering for four blood drives during the YMCA’s “Week of Giving” between January 6 and 9. The blood drives will be held at YMCA locations throughout Long Island:
  • 1/6/14, 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Glen Cove YMCA, 125 Dosoris Ln, Glen Cove
  • 1/7/14, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Patchogue YMCA, 255 West Main St, Patchogue
  • 1/8/14, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Great South Bay YMCA, 200 West Main St, Bay Shore
  • 1/9/14, 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. East Hampton YMCA, 2 Gingerbread Ln, East Hampton
“January is National Volunteer Blood Donor Month. This month, the Red Cross honors the quiet heroes who help save lives every day by donating blood,” said Kay E. Schwartz, Chief Executive Officer, Red Cross Blood Services – New York-Penn Region. “The Red Cross is so proud to partner with the YMCA of Long Island this January to help supply blood to hospital patients where and when it is needed.”
 
"Giving back and community engagement is core to the Y's reason for being.  We are thrilled to partner with American Red Cross in this week of giving, and it's a powerful way to nurture the spirit of social responsibility among our members, staff, and communities," says Anne N. Brigis, President and CEO, YMCA of Long Island. 
 
During January, the Red Cross encourages all eligible Americans to make a year-round resolution to help save lives through blood donation. Approximately every two seconds a patient in the United States needs blood. That’s why your blood donation through the Red Cross is so important. Blood is an essential component for patient care in area hospitals, and the only source of blood is a healthy, volunteer blood donor. All presenting donors at this blood drive will receive a voucher good for two tickets to an upcoming NY Islanders hockey game.* Walk-ins are always welcome, but donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment in advance by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or by visiting redcrossblood.org.
 
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossBloodNY.
 
About the YMCA of Long Island
The YMCA of Long Island is a cause-driven, community-based nonprofit organization that works to foster Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility. The YMCA of Long Island operates facilities in Glen Cove, Bay Shore, Patchogue, Huntington, Brookhaven, and East Hampton. It also has a number of Family Services counseling sites and operates 27 child care sites across Long Island.  In total, the Y offers hundreds of programs and activities to improve the quality of life for more than 60,000 children, families and individuals year-round.  Learn more at www.ymcali.org.