Brooklyn residents urged to donate blood during summer shortage

The New York Blood Center is urging residents to donate blood for the second time this summer.

According to the blood center, donations are 25 percent below what is required to adequately serve patients in about 200 New York and New Jersey hospitals. Officials say some of the reasons for the shortage include lower than average donor turnout, summer vacations, and the inability to collect blood at school drives.

The center's president and CEO says in times of heightened alert due to terrorism concerns, having enough blood supply is critically important. To donate blood, residents need to be at least 17 years old, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in generally good health.

Related Link:New York Blood Center - 1-800-933-BLOOD

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