I am the blood drive chairman for the 19th City Council District, in the district office of Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone). We are hosting a blood drive Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in front of Key Food in the Whitestone Shopping Center, at 153-17 Cross Island Pkwy.
In the aftermath of news reports about the councilman, people unknown took it upon themselves to tear down our posters. Such self-righteous vandals are barbaric and disgusting. It is not our blood drive — we are hosting it.
The New York Blood Center will have a fully staffed bus of technicians on site. The blood collected can help save the life of a child with leukemia or a burn victim, surgical patient or other innocent person who has suffered a severe accident or illness.
To suppress turnout is an outrageous, a cruel and an inexcusably stupid thing to do. I call upon those who took our signs down to demonstrate some glint of character by joining the good and decent people who have made appointments to donate. I thank the prospective donors and hope they will bring friends.
There are time slots available. Call our office at 718-631-6703 or visit https://drm.nybloodcenter.org/PublicScheduler/GroupWelcome.aspx?Group=67196.
I ask anyone with a decent sense of perspective and a little time to spare to come.
Victor G. Mimoni