Commonpoint Queens hosting blood donation event on 9/11

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Commonpoint Queens in Little Neck will be commemorating 9/11 by holding a special day of donating. The organization has partnered with the New York Blood Center to hold a blood drive on Sunday, Sept. 11.

In addition to donating blood, people are also encouraged to donate other items like cellphones, gently used clothing, iPads, eyeglasses and new toys to help benefit those in need. Stations will be set up near the main entrance for people to drop off each kind of donation.

While Commonpoint Queens regularly holds annual blood drives at each of their locations and accepts donations throughout the year, this marks the first time that the two will be combined into a day celebrating the community giving back to those in need. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments to donate blood can be made on the New York Blood Center’s website.

Commonpoint Queens is a social services organization that aims to meet the diverse and evolving needs of the borough. Its programs offer barrier-free and dignified spaces for people of all ages and ability levels. Through this organization, people can find support, access opportunities and build connections to the community throughout their lives. The organization is dedicated to enhancing the quality of individual, family and communal life throughout Queens.

The New York Blood Center was founded in 1964 as a nonprofit organization. It is one of the largest independent, community-based blood centers in the world. Alongside its other operating divisions, Community Blood Center of Kansas City, Missouri, Innovative Blood Resources, Blood Bank of Delmarva and Rhode Island Blood Center, approximately 4,000 units of blood products are collected each day to serve over 75 million people in the tri-state area, mid-Atlantic area, Missouri, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, Rhode Island and Southern New England.

The New York Blood Center and its other operating divisions provide a wide array of transfusion-related medical services to more than 500 hospitals across the United States, including Comprehensive Cell Solutions, the National Center for Blood Group Genomics, the National Cord Blood Program and the Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute. Among the achievements reached by the Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute were developing a practical screening method for hepatitis B as well as a safe, effective and affordable vaccine and a patented solvent detergent plasma process innovating blood purification technology worldwide.

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