Blood Drive
Village of Croton-on-Hudson E-Notice

Blood Drive

Blood Supply Critically Low as Outside Temperatures Rise

A blood drive will be held on Thursday, July 26 at the Croton Free
Library, 171 Cleveland Drive from 2:30 P.M. to 8 P.M. Donors must be at
least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. A
parental permission form must be signed for donors who are sixteen. To
make an appointment or for further information, please contact Amy Cobb
at 271-6093 or

The summertime is always a critical period for blood donations. School
recess, summer vacations and uncomfortably hot weather have a serious
impact on the number of blood drives scheduled and the number of donors
who turnout at each drive. Regardless of these factors, local hospitals
continue to demand approximately 400 units of blood products to meet
patient needs each day. The New York Blood Center reports it is already
experiencing a shortage and asks all blood donors, especially those with
the rarer negative blood types, to donate now. Donors with Rh negative
blood types make up just 15% of the population. Rh negative blood can be
transfused to a far larger percentage of patients, and is preferred for
newborns and other children who may require transfusions. O negative is
the “universal donor,” and is especially needed in emergency situations
when there is not adequate time to determine the patient’s blood type.