A large number of Roosevelt Island residents turned out for the 19th Annual Blood
Drive, held on Saturday, June 8, as part of Roosevelt Island Day activities.
The New York Blood Center reported that there were 39 people who made whole blood donations and two other people made Alyx donations, meaning twice as many red cells were donated. This made a total of 43 donations.
As a result, more than 125 lives will be positively affected by our blood drive.
In addition, there were 46 people who, for various reasons, were turned away and were
unable to donate blood that day.
Volunteers were still recruiting Donors on Roosevelt Island Day, by Alexandre Tolipan
It is important to note that it is difficult for the New York Blood Center to obtain usable
"Donating blood is literally giving the gift of life. The New York region needs almost
2,000 volunteers to donate blood each day to meet the demand. There is simply no
substitute for donated blood," according to the New York Blood Center.
“The New York Blood Banks always face a shortage of blood during the summer
months. One of the reasons is that there are fewer blood donations made during this
time of year. That is why our annual June blood drive is so important,” said Joan Ogden,
the Co-Chair of this year’s blood drive.
RIRA thanks the community members who took the time to donate blood,
the RIRA members and residents who volunteered to make this event such a
huge success, the RISA board members for supporting RIRA by graciously hosting this event, RIOC for all their support and its employees who donated blood, and
the local media who promoted awareness of the Blood Drive.
Special thanks to the Island businesses who stepped up and gave 10% appreciation
discounts to donors:
Bread & Butter Market
China 1 Kitchen
Island Wine & Spirits
Piccolo Trattoria Pizza & Ristorante
Roosevelt Island Cleaners
We Are One
“The staff of The New York Blood Center told us that there is always an urgency for
donations, so we plan to sponsor another blood drive in early December, so stay tuned
for further details,” said Janine Schaefer, Co-Chair of the blood drive.