Shops at Atlas Park in Glendale hosts series of blood drives

Shops at Atlas Park in Glendale hosts blood drives
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The New York Blood Center (NYBC) will set up a series of blood drives on July 5 and July 6 from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Shops at Atlas Park in Glendale, with co-sponsorship from New York State Senator Joe Addabbo and Councilman Robert Holden. 

The Shops at Atlas Park has hosted multiple blood drives in the past to help replenish the blood supply after two years of a shortage.

“Atlas Park is happy to be able to help the New York Blood Center by hosting blood drives during this critical time,” said Property Manager of Shops at Atlas Park Peter DeLucia.

In February, the Shops at Atlas Park in Glendale was recognized for collecting over 5,000 blood donations and now reached over 6,000 donations since the start of the pandemic. 

Addabbo said that these blood drives are vital to our healthcare system, saving thousands of lives across the state. 

“Since partnering with The Shops at Atlas Park, New York Blood Center has collected over 6,000 donations, an amazing achievement all thanks to those who came out to make a life-saving donation. I encourage everyone to come out to one of these events and help New York Blood Center and your fellow New Yorkers,” Addabbo said. 

NYBC announced a blood emergency last month due to a decrease in donations. Since the blood supply is critically low, NYBC encourages everyone to sign up and donate; each donation has the ability to save up to three lives. 

“There’s no substitute for real blood or its components, so it’s always vital to keep our supply up for New Yorkers who are injured or sick,” Holden said. “It’s always a challenge in the summer, but the need is particularly dire as we emerge from the pandemic.”

It takes about one hour to donate blood. Roughly one in seven hospital admissions requires a blood transfusion — recipients include cancer patients, burn or trauma victims, newborns and their mothers, transplant recipients and more. 

To make an appointment at this blood drive, donors can call 800-933-2566 or visit NYBC’s website.