Photo: New York Blood Center team leader Som Persaud and donor Pete Depinto prior to donating blood.
Smithtown, NY: The town of Smithtown Personnel department in collaboration with the New York Blood Center hosted a blood drive at Smithtown Landing Country Club. The event took place on Wednesday September 26, 2018. The willingness of donors along with the efficient efforts of New York Blood Center employees conducting medical screenings resulted in 35 healthy individuals being able to donate blood to help save lives.
“Our personnel department and its Director, Eileen Tropia does a spectacular service to our community with this annual blood drive. I am thrilled that so many people gave blood and I hope more are inspired to follow in the footsteps of our residents and employees who participated yesterday.” - Supervisor Ed Wehrheim
“Blood products save lives, they help people in need. All it takes is a simple blood screening to make a difference. If you pass the blood screening you are able to donate and truly help someone who is in need. At the end of the day there truly is no substitute for blood.” - Som Persaud, New York Blood Team Leader.
Donors were able to register, complete a medical screening, have their blood pressure and pulse taken, iron and hemoglobin levels checked within minutes. Upon completing the blood screening they were able to donate. Refreshments and snacks were provided to all donors as well.
“I want to be able to help people in need. There should never be a shortage if someone needs blood. Whether it is children or just anyone in need, I just like to help out.” - Pete Dipinto, blood donor.
About New York Blood Center
New York Blood Center is a non-profit independent blood center that provides lifesaving blood products and services to nearly 200 hospitals in New York, New Jersey, Long Island, the Hudson Valley, and parts of Connecticut and Pennsylvania.
DID YOU KNOW: One can save many…
Statistics show that one blood donation can be separated into individual components which can save multiple lives. Cancer and surgery patients, accident and burn victims, newborns and mothers delivering babies, AIDS and sickle cell anemia patients, can all be beneficiaries and receive donated blood.