Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz will be holding a daylong twofer event at his office tomorrow, August 11 between noon and 6:00 p.m.
The Sheepshead pol is sponsoring a blood drive, in conjunction with the New York Blood Center, outside his community office, 1800 Sheepshead Bay Road between Emmons Avenue and Shore Parkway, and a representative from Comptroller DiNapoli’s office will also be on hand to help individuals search for unclaimed funds.
The assemblyman’s office noted that “a blood donation is not required to search for funds.”
If you are not aware of the crucial need for blood in area hospitals, take heed of these alarming facts, shared by the New York Blood Center.
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Give the Gift of Life. Source: NY Blood Center
Coney Island Hospital and the New York Blood Center (NYBC) will be joining forces to host a blood drive from noon to 6 p.m., June 20 in the second floor conference room of the hospital’s main building, 2601 Ocean Parkway near Avenue Z.
Every day, as we read about automobile accidents, shootings, fires, and illnesses necessitating transfusion, the demand for blood increases. Someone in the United States needs a life-saving transfusion every three seconds, and by rolling up your sleeves and donating blood, you are, literally, giving the Gift of Life to someone. In fact, according to statistics released by the New York Blood Center, following component (red cell, platelet, plasma) separation, “Each donation of blood can help save 3 lives.”
Three lives, with just one donation! If you are not already convinced, here are some more stats from the New York Blood Center, which will hopefully inspire each and every one of you to go out and donate:
- 4.5 million Americans benefit from life-saving blood transfusions each year.
- 40,000 pints are transfused each day in the United States.
- New York Blood Center alone requires over 2,000 volunteer blood donations each day to meet the transfusion needs of patients in close to 200 New York and New Jersey hospitals.
- 1 out of every 3 people will require a life-saving transfusion sometime during their lifetime.
- Transfusion recipients include cancer patients, accident, burn and trauma victims, newborn babies, transplant patients, mothers delivering babies, surgery patients, chronically transfused patients suffering from sickle cell disease or thalassemia, etc.
- Much of today’s sophisticated medical care (transplants, heart surgeries, etc.) rely on blood transfusions.
- Car accident and trauma victims may need as many as 50 or more red cell transfusions.
- Severe burn victims may need as many as 20 platelet transfusions.
- Bone marrow transplants may require platelets from over 100 donors and red cells from over 20 people.
- Blood products are perishable: Donated red cells last only 42 days; Donated platelets last only 5 days; Plasma can be frozen for a year.
- The need for blood never takes a holiday.
Holy moly — what are you waiting for, Halloween? It doesn’t even cost you anything except a few minutes of your time. Go, now — give the Gift of Life! It may be the most important decision you’ve ever made.
If you have any questions or concerns, contact Gregory Maizous at (718) 616-4547, firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to http://www.nybloodcenter.org.
With the urgent need for blood in the New York Blood Center (NYBC) always a constant, anyone who donates a measure of their life force is doing a big mitzvah.
But if you donate, then donate some more, and then donate even more — going to great lengths to elevate the city’s constantly dwindling blood supply — you are seen as something of a Godsend, and the “Gift of Life” you give becomes doubly sweet knowing that, in doing so, you are honoring a loved one.
That is exactly what will happen April 25 from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m., on the second floor of Coney Island Hospital (2601 Ocean Parkway) when fourth generation Coney Island resident Todd Dobrin makes his 50th whole-blood donation and, in doing so, honors the memory and dedication of his grandfather, Sol Kaiser, who made his 200th blood donation at Coney Island Hospital.
“I’m privileged to be the second generation of multi-gallon donors who have been able to help my fellow New Yorkers,” said Dobrin. “I know that my grandfather’s donations have helped to save the lives of many of our neighbors over the years and this is a tradition I want everyone to adopt.”
For his dedication as a volunteer blood donor, Kaiser — who passed away in August 2010 at the age of 90 — was recognized by New York State Assemblyman William Colton.
The NYBC asks that, if you cannot donate then ask someone to donate for you. For more, call NYBC toll free at (800) 933-2566 or go to www.nybloodcenter.org.
by Samantha Diaz
You may have recently read in a certain local newspaper that the blood donation center at Coney Island Hospital has shut down for good. Well, luckily for us residents, that’s not quite accurate.
A representative of the Coney Island Hospital (2601 Ocean Parkway) told Sheepshead Bites on Monday that the blood donation center’s doors are only temporarily closed while they upgrade their protocol system. The hospital expects to have service back up, by appointment only, within the next few weeks. No word yet on if their blood donor room will reinstate walk-in donor services.
Until the service is up and running again, potential donors are urged to contact the New York Blood Center at 120 Lawrence Street, Brooklyn, or call (800) 933-8566.