Approximately 40,000 pints of blood are transfused each day in the United States, according to the New York Blood Center, with one person needing a life-saving transfusion every 3 seconds.

According to the Center, 1 out of every 3 people will require a life-saving transfusion sometime during their lifetime, and motor vehicle accident and trauma victims may need as many as 50 or more red cell transfusions.

In January, the New York Blood Center issued an emergency appeal for donations because of the increased demand from hospitals. The winter weather has led to cancellations of many blood drives. Recession-related layoffs and business closings have also added to the number of cancelled blood drives. Potential care is at risk because the blood supply is below the 5-day safety level and continues to drop.

So please, if you are in good health and able to help, stop by the McGinley Center Lobby to sign up for a scheduled time, or just come over to the designated donor locations listed below either tomorrow or Thursday.

The Fordham Community has consistently donated at high levels and I thank you for your continued generosity and life saving support.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009
10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
O’Keefe Commons, O’Hare Hall

Thursday, March 12, 2009
12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Blood Mobile Van
Outside O’Hare Hall