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Winter Storm Juno Leaves New York Blood Center With Dangerously Low Supply

Comptroller John Kennedy and Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone donate blood after Winter Storm Juno. (Photo: Facebook.com/SteveBellone)

"It is important to remember that blizzards can have far-reaching impacts more than just school closings and snow removal," said Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone. "The New York Blood Center is currently experiencing the largest single shortage of blood donations since Superstorm Sandy because of donation center closings and blood drive cancellations, and a loss of over 3,000 pints of blood."

Bellone joined other Suffolk County employees, including Suffolk County Comptroller John Kennedy, Deputy County Executive Jon Schneider, and Chief Deputy County Executive Dennis M. Cohen, on Wednesday, January 28th at the NYBC in Bohemia, where they donated blood.

The New York Blood Center was hit hard with blood donation cancellations due to the blizzard. According to NYBC, 40,000 pints are transfused each day in the United States, which are used to save the lives of cancer patients, accident, burn, and trauma victims, newborn babies, mothers delivering babies, transplant patients, surgery patients and others in need. Winter Storm Juno has left the Blood Center with a dangerously low supply of blood, especially because blood products are perishable. Donated red cells last only 42 days, platelets last only 5 days, and plasma can be frozen for a year.

For more information, visit www.nybc.org.

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