Did you know one pint of blood can help save the lives of up to three people?
Every three seconds someone in the United States needs a life-saving blood transfusion, which requires at least 40,000 pints of blood to be transfused each day. The New York Blood Center (NYBC) alone requires over 2,000 volunteer blood donations each day to meet the transfusion needs of patients in New York and New Jersey hospitals.
On Saturday, June 13 you can give the gift of life with a blood donation at the seventh Spring Creek Towers (SCT) Community Blood Drive taking place in the lower level of the Brooklyn Sports Club from 11 am to 4:45 pm.
Since 2009, members of the SCT community have donated enough blood to help save hundreds of lives by giving a variety of blood types, according to the NYBC. One of the many reasons NYBC has continuously worked with the Starrett City Tenants Association (SCTA) and the SCT Office of Public Affairs/Community Relations is because they have been able to successfully recruit residents of SCT to donate blood.
There are cases in which some people build up antibodies causing their bodies to reject a transfusion or have a bad reaction to it. To help them, they must receive a precisely-matched blood transfusion from someone who has inherited the same DNA markers in their blood, such as eye color or other inherited characteristics are most often found in someone from the same background.
You can make a difference by donating blood on Saturday, June 13th.
As a token of appreciation, all blood donors who participate in the SCT Community Blood Drive can enjoy some light refreshments, and after donating they can enjoy the summer rays on the BSC’s sundeck. All donors will also receive two free tickets to a Brooklyn Cyclones baseball game in Coney Island and two guest passes to use at the BSC at a later date. For more information about donating blood, visit www.nyblood center.org or call 718-642-3892 or 718-240-4530.
By Amanda Moses
Photo: Agnes E. Green