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Legislator Hardwick partners with UNYTS to host blood drive on July 8

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 a blood drive at the Kenmore-Tonawanda Library.

"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. "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.

This is second of two drives planned this summer. Legislator Hardwick held a drive June 14 on Grand Island where he was one of 29 donors.

"A representative for UNYTS was thrilled with the number of donors who attended the Grand Island drive. Hopefully we can have as many, if not more, donors at this next drive," Legislator Hardwick said.

The drive has been planned from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 8, at the Kenmore-Tonawanda Library, 160 Delaware Ave. To register to donate, 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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