West Islip Hosts Blood Drive to Show It is a Community That Cares


The American Red Cross encourages blood donation during the winter months.

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West Islip, NY - December 26th, 2013 - Residents of West Islip, Bettinelli's Community Boxing Academy and the American Red Cross are joining together for a “Communities That Care” blood drive on Tuesday, December 31, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Westbrook Elementary School at 350 Higbie Lane in West Islip. A “Communities That Care” blood drive is a Red Cross initiative to engage local citizens and boost regional blood supplies by enlisting community support.

The Red Cross is asking eligible blood donors of all blood types to donate blood during the winter months to strengthen the community’s blood supply. Give something that means something this holiday season by donating blood. When you donate blood you are giving a gift that can help save a life.

Local blood donors are needed all year round to ensure the blood supply stays strong. 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. Your blood donation can help save the life of a real person in our community. 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 free Red Cross t-shirt. Additionally, all presenting donors will have the opportunity to enter for a chance to win (2) tickets to Super Bowl XLVIII.* 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.