January 26, 2006
The Buffalo Sabres and the American Red Cross Blood Services, New York-Penn Region are pleased to announce they will team up to host a blood drive on Wednesday, February 8, from 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM at the HSBC Arena, One Seymour H. Knox III Plaza in Buffalo.
The blood drive is the first in what is hoped to become an annual event. Members of the Sabres will visit the blood drive to support blood donors. The first 300 presenting blood donors will receive autographed hockey pucks, and there will be hourly raffles for autographed hockey sticks and a ticket package. Additionally, Kaleida Healthcare will offer free cholesterol and glucose screenings.
"We are incredibly grateful to partner with the Buffalo Sabres and for the tremendous support they've given us," commented Kay Schwartz, chief executive officer, American Red Cross Blood Services, New York-Penn Region. "This blood drive will not only help us to strengthen the community blood supply, but I think it will be fun, exciting day for our generous blood donors."
"We're happy to team up with the Red Cross for such a worthy cause," said Michael Gilbert, Director of Public Relations for the Buffalo Sabres. "I am confident that Sabres fans will come out in great numbers to make this blood drive a tremendous success."
It is important to increase blood donations in the future to meet patient needs. As the population ages and medical technologies advance, more procedures will be performed that require blood transfusions. Volunteer blood donations help patients being treated for accidents, routine surgeries and serious diseases such as cancer, heart disease and hemophilia. Giving blood is easy, safe and takes less than one hour, but only about five percent of those eligible donate blood.
All current eligible and new donors are urged to schedule an appointment today by calling 1-800-GIVE LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visiting www.DonateBloodNow.org
. Anyone 17 years or older, weighing at least 110 pounds and in general good health may be eligible to donate blood.
In New York State, 16-year-olds may donate blood provided they bring an original signed New York State Informed Parental Consent for a 16-Year-Old to Donate Whole Blood to the blood drive. The consent form can be found at www.DonateBloodNow.org/16
. Identification is required at the time of donation to give blood.