Donate blood and receive free Mets tickets at this drive in Bayside

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Queens residents can make a lifesaving blood donation in exchange for tickets to a ballgame at a drive in Bayside next month.

On Thursday, August 9, Assemblyman Ed Braunstein’s sixth annual Summer Blood Drive will take place at the Bay Terrace Shopping Center on 212th Street and 26th Avenue from 2:30 to 8:30 p.m. Eligible donors must bring an ID with photo or signature, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be between 16 and 75 years old.

All donors at the event will receive an electronic voucher for two tickets to see the New York Mets at Citi Field and refreshments courtesy of Stop & Shop. The first 100 people to donate will also be handed a certificate for a free pint of soup from Ben’s Kosher Deli as part of the business’ “Pint for a Pint” program.

Those with medical questions about making a blood donation can contact the New York Blood Center at 800-688-0900.

“Each blood donation helps to save up to 3 lives,” said Braunstein. “A blood shortage emergency has been declared in New York and our hospitals are in need of your assistance, so I hope you will take the time to share this lifesaving gift.”

Questions about the event can be directed to Braunstein’s office at 718-357-3588.