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Grand Central Hosts Blood Drive April 18

Grand Central Hosts Blood Drive April 18
Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall will be the site of a huge community blood drive as MTA Metro-North Railroad partners with New York Blood Center on Thursday April 18 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.   MTA employees, Grand Central commuters and the public at large are invited to help save lives by donating blood.
 
People whose lives have been saved because of blood donations will be on hand to thank donors and share their stories from 11a.m. to 1p.m.
 
New York Blood Center has set a goal for the 12-hour drive of 400 donors.  Appointments are encouraged but walk-ins also are accepted.  It takes less than an hour to fill out the necessary forms and donate a pint of blood that could save someone’s life.  Actually one donation can potentially save multiple lives because whole blood is separated into components including red blood cells and plasma.
 
Donors are advised to bring identification with a photo or signature and eat well and drink fluids before donating blood.  Juice and cookies are provided free after donation.  The New York Blood Center has a frequent donor incentive program. Each time you donate blood, you receive Donor Advantage points redeemable for a wide variety of exciting gifts. 
 
For more information, visit http://www.nybloodcenter.org or call 1-800-933-BLOOD (2566).
 
Note:  The media are welcome to cover the drive and are asked to get permission from donors before taking photographs.
 
Blood donors will receive free mini-medical exams on site including information about their temperature, blood pressure and hematocrit (iron) level. Eligible donors include those people at least age 16 (with parental permission or consent), who weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, are in good health and meet all Food & Drug Administration and NY or NJ State Department of Health donor criteria. People over 75 may donate with a doctor's note.