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Legislator Romaine Hosts Successful Blood Drive

Originally Posted: July 11, 2011

Riverhead - Legislator Ed Romaine is pleased to announce his blood drive held earlier last week at Tanger II in Riverhead was an overwhelming success! Of the 65 prospective donors who were screened by staff of Long Island Blood Services, an amazing 49 pints of life-saving blood were collected. What's more, each eligible donor who "stepped up to the plate" and gave blood received two tickets to an upcoming New York Mets game this summer at Citifield.

Long Island Blood Services (LIBS) is not a blood bank, but rather a pipeline to 50 Long Island hospitals. Blood is collected and processed by LIBS, then distributed to health care institutions in the area, facilities that care for our families, friends and neighbors in need. Long Island hospitals require almost 800 pints of blood per day just to meet routine needs, and unpredictable disasters further increase that need. Once a donated pint of blood is processed and broken down into its components (red blood cells, plasma, platelets), that one individual donation can in turn help three lives!

Legislator Romaine was initially contacted by Long Island Blood Services about the possibility of sponsoring a blood drive and was eager to answer this call for help. "While there's always a shortage and a need for blood, donating in the summer months is extremely important and we encourage people to give blood, if they can," said Romaine. "Most people will need to be hospitalized at least once in their lives. I've always been interested in helping our community and by sponsoring blood drives, we can do our part."

Legislator Romaine's office will be coordinating blood drives at various locations throughout the First Legislative District in the near future and has tentatively scheduled the next blood drive for Tuesday, August 16 at the Riverhead County Center. This date coincides with the General Meeting of the Legislature, and once again each donor will receive two free tickets to an upcoming Mets game.

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