The Town of Oyster Bay semi-annual blood drive is set for Thursday, April 24. according to Oyster Bay Town Councilman Joe Muscarella.
While the drive was originally scheduled for early March, the Town switched the date to accommodate the New York Blood Center's other blood drives that were affected by the winter snow storms.
“Blood banks need to be prepared 365 days a year,” Councilman Joe Muscarella said, in a statement. “That is why people should always donate whenever they can."
The town has twice earned the New York Blood Center’s “Silver Award,” which recognizes outstanding employee participation.
The blood drives will be held at Town Hall South Conference Room, 977 Hicksville Road, Massapequa (9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.); Town Hall North at the Blood Mobile, 54 Audrey Avenue, Oyster Bay (9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.); and the Department of Public Works War Room (Highway), 150 Miller Place (11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.).
To qualify as a blood donor, a person must between the ages of 17 and 75 years old (16 with parental permission and 76 or older with a doctor’s note dated within one year of donation), weigh at least 110 pounds and not have donated blood within the last 56 days. All blood types are needed, but O negative blood types are universal and especially needed at this time of need. The Town will provide refreshments for everyone who donates.
To schedule an appointment to donate, or for additional information contact Muscarella 's office at (516) 624-6304.