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Legislator Rath partners with UNYTS to host blood drive on Sept. 11
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Legislator Rath partners with UNYTS to host blood drive

 

(Amherst, NY) – Erie County Legislator Edward A. Rath III, R-Amherst, has partnered with Upstate New York Transplant Services to host a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11 at The Northtown Center at Amherst, second floor, 1615 Amherst Manor Drive (the former Pepsi Center).  

 

“I encourage all residents who are able to attend the blood drive and donate to Upstate New York Transplant Services, which holds several of these drives a month to meet all area residents’ needs,” Legislator Rath said.

 

It is extremely important that blood banks are adequately stocked but unfortunately there are times during the year when the need is great. Only one in 33 people are regular donors, and if all blood donors gave three times a year blood shortages would be a rare event, Legislator Rath added.

 

UNYTS ensures that local donations go to patients in need at local hospitals. Community blood banks concentrate on fulfilling the blood needs of a single region. Often as a result of this locally-driven operation, donation rates rise among the area population and costs decrease on the part of area purchasers.

 

Walk-ins are welcome. Donors must be at least 17 years old, or 16 with a signed parental consent form. The minimum weight requirement is110 pounds and donors must be in good health the day of the drive. Photo identification is required. For additional information, visit www.unyts.org.

 

All presenting donors will receive a coupon for a free appetizer from Applebee’s at the drive.

 

To speak with Legislator Rath, please call 633-0617 or e-mail Edward.rath@erie.gov.

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