Byrne Hosts Successful Blood Drive with American Red Cross and AFC Urgent Care

Assemblyman Kevin Byrne (R,C,I,SAM,ROS-Mahopac) is pleased to announce the success of his office’s community blood drive in Yorktown on Thursday, Oct. 14 in partnership with the American Red Cross, AFC Urgent Care and the town of Yorktown. The drive, which was held at the Albert A. Capellini Community & Cultural Center, collected 27 units from residents throughout the area.

“I’m grateful so many people from our community came out to donate blood as we continue to face a serious blood shortage,” said Byrne. “Thank you to all who donated or came out in support of the blood drive. I’d also like to give a big thank you to the American Red Cross and AFC Urgent Care for partnering with us and working to promote the event, as well as the town of Yorktown for allowing us to use the Capellini Community & Cultural Center. The day was a great success and together we collected enough blood to help save an additional 81 lives. Thank you!”

“The American Red Cross continues to experience an emergency blood shortage that has caused the blood supply to drop to the lowest post-summer level in at least six years,” said Susan Sommer of the American Red Cross. “With less than a day’s supply of certain blood types, we ask donors of all types, especially type O, to make an appointment to give blood as soon as possible to ensure patients can receive the lifesaving transfusions they rely on. Appointments can be made by visiting RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1-800-Red-Cross (800-733-2767).”

“This blood drive was the latest example of Yorktown's effort to ensure public health,” said Matt Slater, Yorktown supervisor. "Throughout the pandemic, we opened our community center to pharmacies and state health officials for pop-up vaccination clinics. This blood drive was just as important, and we are proud of our residents who stepped forward to provide these life-saving donations.”

“It was a pleasure partnering with Assemblyman Kevin Byrne and the American Red Cross to hold this blood drive,” said Dr. Rajesh Gupta, medical director of AFC Urgent Care Yorktown Heights. “There is always a need for donations, and we appreciate the great response from the Yorktown community to answer this need.”