Responding to the ever-present need to maintain sufficient blood supplies at area hospitals, Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,I,C-Canandaigua) today announced his sponsorship of a summertime blood drive that will be held on Tuesday, July 12, from 1:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Canandaigua Inn on the Lake, located at 770 South Main Street, Canandaigua.
“The demand for blood is year-round: one unit of blood can help save the lives of up to three people and a blood transfusion is needed every two seconds in America,” Leader Kolb said.
“Donating blood is safe, convenient, and one of the most important things a person can do to ensure hospitals have adequate supplies of this critical resource. The summertime blood drive I am sponsoring with the American Red Cross on July 12 is the perfect opportunity for individuals looking to make a positive difference to donate a pint of blood and help save a life thanks to their generosity,” Leader Kolb stated.
According to American Red Cross guidelines, potential blood donors must be healthy, at least 17 years old in most states (or 16 years old in New York State with parental consent) and weigh at least 110 lbs. (additional weight requirements apply for donors 18 years old and younger, and all high school donors). Additional information regarding blood donation requirements is listed at the American Red Cross’s official website www.redcrossblood.org.
“During the summer months, blood donations typically decline. The American Red Cross is asking all eligible and first-time blood donors to add giving blood to their list of summer activities to ensure blood is available where and when it’s needed,” said Donna M. Morrissey, Director of Communications, American Red Cross Northeast Division.
Leader Kolb regularly collaborates with the American Red Cross in sponsoring an annual community blood drive for the 129th Assembly District. For more details on Leader Kolb’s summertime blood drive scheduled for Tuesday, July 12, from 1:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Canandaigua Inn at the Lake, contact his district office at (315) 781-2030, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.