Blood donations are always needed. And the time right after the start of the New Year is no exception. The New York Blood Center scheduled four blood drives in Rockland for this week and one in nearby Montgomery.
“There’s always a need for blood,” said New York Blood Center spokesperson Pat Smith. “You have to keep a steady flow coming.”
Smith said the region collects about 2,000 units of blood daily. Although there is no current shortage, he said there is always a need for O Negative blood because it can be used universally.
Here’s the local blood drive schedule.
Today, Wednesday, Jan. 2 at OMM at 175 Old Orangeburg Road in Orangeburg. The drive is being held from 4 to 8:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 4 at St. Dominic’s Home at 500 Western Highway in Blauvelt. The drive is being held in the training room from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Click Here to Schedule an Appointment
The Montgomery Fire Department is co-sponsoring the 2nd Annual Blood Drive to support Matt Parenti. Parenti, who is 14 years old, was diagnosed with six years ago with Primary Immune Deficiency Disease. The drive runs from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Montgomery Fire Department on Route 17K in Montgomery. The Monhegan Middle School student has received thousands of units of blood during his years of treatment.
Saturday, Jan. 5 at DeCarlo Family Chiropractic at 29 Third Street in New City. Make an appointment between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Click Here to Schedule an Appointment
Sunday, Jan. 6 at the Palisades Center at 1000 Palisades Center Drive in West Nyack. The drive takes place in the fourth floor Raso Room between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Click Here to Schedule an Appointment
Monday, Jan. 7 at Rockland Children’s Psychiatric Center Building 57 on South Street in Orangeburg. The drive is being held in the seventh floor auditorium between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Click Here to Schedule an Appointment
You can call to make an appointment at 1-800-933-2566 and get more information at www.nybloodcenter.org.
Smith emphasized that donating blood can make a profound difference and save another person’s life.
“This is one thing you can do to be a genuine hero,” he said.