Local Blood Drive

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It only takes less than an hour out of your day to help save the lives of others.

“Giving blood is painless,” donor Scott Cole said. “There is a little tiny pick in the very beginning, and then it just flows out. At the end you get to eat cookies and cakes.”

That quick tiny prick didn’t stop many from showing up at today’s blood drive sponsored by WETM 18 News and Suburban Propane. Over 20 donors showed up at the Holiday Inn Express in Horseheads to do their part in helping to save a life.

“I have been doing this for almost three years, and on my blood average it said about 100 lives I have saved so far,” donor Tom Trojanowski said.

Some donors give blood as a way to give back after needing blood themselves in the past.

“I have had open heart surgery, and used a few quarts,” donor Allen Cole said.

For every unit of blood donated, that goes towards saving the lives of three people. In a whole day, there is a hefty amount of units we need in order to replenish what we have used.

“We need about 1000 units of blood everyday in order to supply the hospitals that we serve throughout the region,”  Communications Manager for the New York Region of the American Red Cross Patty Corvaia said. “There are nearly 100 hospitals that receive blood products from the American red cross, and we provide 40 percent of the blood to all hospitals in the nation.”

Just incase you are still not convinced to give blood, well…..

“Don’t hesitate for a minute,” donor and American Red Cross volunteer Bonita Kennedy said. “It is a way to give back. It’s a free way to help other people. You just go in, lay on the table, and just relax.”

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