Give the gift of life this week during Metro-North’s 10th annual blood drive

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Give the gift of life at the annual blood drive hosted by Metro-North.

This Friday, Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. MTA’s Metro-North Railroad will host its 10th annual blood drive in Vanderbilt Hall, located at 87 East 42 Street in Grand Central Terminal. This event will collaborate with New York Blood Center (NYBC).

To date, blood drives have received 2,271 donations, which helped to save the lives of approximately 6,813 patients. The MTA invites everyone, their employees, commuters and all public.

If you wish to donate, all donors must wear a mask and show proof of vaccination. All attendees will receive a $10 e-gift card via email for their support.  

Due to the pandemic, blood drives have dropped by two-thirds this year. Before COVID-19 blood drives were hosted by high schools, colleges, businesses and other organizations, which made about 75% of each region’s incoming blood supply. 

An hour of your time can save a life. One in seven hospital admissions in need of blood, including cancer patients, accident, burn, or trauma victims, newborn babies and their mothers, transplant recipients, surgery patients, chronically transfused patients suffering from sickle cell disease or thalassemia. These are not the only cases when patients are in need of blood donation.  

New York Blood Center is in need of all blood types and encourages first-time donors to sign up to make an appointment. If you would like to take a part and donate, please visit the New York Blood Center website.

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