Assemblyman Bill Reilich (R,C,I-Greece) is encouraging New Yorkers to donate blood over the summer months after the American Red Cross announced a major shortage in blood supply. The American Red Cross would like to have a five to seven day supply of blood on hand in case of emergencies, but currently has only a three day supply available. Assemblyman Reilich noted that blood donations drop 10-15 percent in the summer months, but the need for them does not.
“The donation of blood is critical to saving lives in emergency situations. One never knows when an emergency will occur, which may impact the lives of you or a loved one,” said Reilich. “Blood donations can mean the difference between life and death in such situations and to ensure the well-being of the community, I am encouraging individuals to make donating blood a priority this summer.”
Blood donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health. 16 year olds may donate blood with parental permission. All eligible donors are encouraged to call 1-800-GIVE LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit www.DonateBloodNow.org to schedule an appointment and find the closest blood donation center.
“The blood supply shortage is a problem that individuals have the power to fix,” stated Reilich. “I implore members of the community to donate blood to help raise the region’s blood supply this summer. I know I will be donating this summer to help this important cause.”