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Legislator Hardwick partners with UNYTS to host blood drives

Vacations, traveling, and holidays have historically resulted in summer being a slow time of year for blood donations, but the need isn't any less great. In an effort to get donors during this time of need, Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick, R-District 10, has partnered with Upstate New York Transplant Services to hold two blood drives in the communities he represents.

"I recently heard some shocking statics related to blood donations, such as, odds are one in three that someone will need blood during their lifetime, but the odds are only one in 33 that someone is regular donor," said Legislator Hardwick, who plans to donate during the June 14 drive. "Donating blood can be an easy task that could truly save a life. One donor has the potential to save up to three lives."

While the number of donations usually decreases in the summer, the number of accidents and need for blood transfusions tends to increase. If all blood donors gave three times a year, blood shortages would be a rare event, Legislator Hardwick said.

Blood drives have been planned on the following days:

  • Noon to 5 p.m. Monday, June 14, at the Grand Island Library, 1715 Bedell Road
  • 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 8, at the Kenmore-Tonawanda Library, 160 Delaware Ave.

To register to donate at one of these events, call UNYTS at 512-7940.

UNYTS ensures that local donations go to patients in need at local hospitals. Community blood banks concentrate on fulfilling the blood needs of a single region. Often as a result of this locally-driven operation, donation rates rise among the area population and costs decrease on the part of area purchasers. For additional information, visit www.unyts.org.

Legislator Hardwick can be reached at 873-3438 or kevin.hardwick@erie.gov.

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