Donors to receive two free Mets tickets
This holiday season, there’s one thing that cannot be wrapped up with a bow or put under the tree — the “gift of life.” As part of its continued commitment to help the community, the Rotary Club of Floral Park-Bellerose is sponsoring a holiday blood drive on Tuesday, Dec. 27, from 2:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, located at 35 Verbena Ave. in Floral Park.
Earlier this month, the Floral Park Knights of Columbus, in conjunction with the Hance Family Foundation, held a successful blood drive event in Floral Park. Rotary Club President Rich Burgess is hoping individuals in the local area will, once again, help those in need at a time when blood donations decline.
Burgess explained that the Rotary Club of Floral Park-Bellerose was approached by the New York Blood Center to hold a blood drive during the holiday season. “We were told there is critical need for blood at this time of year and we decided to do it,” he explained.
A true communitywide effort, Burgess said that Bob’s Place Restaurant in Floral Park is donating hot food to the drive and donors will receive two free Mets tickets. “Our goal is 75 pints of blood. We are approaching as many people as possible. We ask all those people in the community who may have not had a chance to donate at other drives to consider donating this year,” Burgess added.
According to the New York Blood Center, 4.5 million Americans benefit from lifesaving blood transfusions each year and there is no substitute for human blood. The site also states that “40,000 pints are transfused each day in the United States and New York Blood Center alone requires more than 2,000 volunteer blood donations each day to meet the transfusion needs of patients in close to 200 New York and New Jersey hospitals.” Additionally it states that “one out of every three people will require a lifesaving transfusion sometime during their lifetime and someone in this country needs a lifesaving transfusion every three seconds.”
Donors are required to bring ID with photos or signature. The age requirements are 16 to 75 (16 years of age needs parental consent). The minimum weight is 110 pounds. Before donating, eat well and drink fluids. In order to donate, you must not have had any new tattoos for the past 12 months. For questions regarding medical eligibility, call 800-688-0900; or visit the Rotary’s website at http://www.clubrunner.ca/floralpark-bellerose.