New York Blood Center, sickle cell foundation host Jamaica blood drive

New York Blood Center Jamaica blood drive
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This weekend, New York Blood Center (NYBC) and the Sickle Cell Awareness Foundation Corp International (SCAFCI) will be partnering for a blood drive in Jamaica.

The drive will take place on Saturday, July 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the New Jerusalem Worship Center at 12205 Smith St.

NYBC and SCAFCI are highly accredited organizations, and both were honored on June 16 with awards from the New York City Council for their extraordinary efforts in combating sickle cell disease.

“We highly encourage all New Yorkers to help save a life and donate blood today,” Merlene Smith Sotillo, president of SCAFCI said.

In light of the continuing blood shortage, NYBC encourages people to sign up to donate. A single donation can go a long way for patients with blood diseases, cancer, critical injuries and more. As a thank you for participating, donors will receive a free box of Girl Scout cookies.

People are not eligible to donate if they are experiencing a cold, sore throat, respiratory infection or flu-like symptoms. Additional information on donor eligibility and COVID-19 precautions can be found here.

To make an appointment at this blood drive, donors can call 1-800-933-2566 or visit this link.

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