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Unyts Seeking Donations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 21, 2014

Contact: Sarah Diina, 716-400-7249

sdiina@unyts.org

 

Critical Need for Blood Following Storm

Unyts urges WNY to donate blood for local patients in local hospitals


After being forced to cancel blood drives this week due to the storm, Unyts is urging the community to donate blood TODAY. Demand at our local hospitals has increased and a strong turnout by donors is critical to ensure we have blood available for patients in the WNY community. 

Unyts is the primary supplier of blood products to Kaleida Health, ECMC and all hospitals in Niagara and Wyoming Counties. The real need for blood came into play last night when 3 year old Leukemia patient Kallie Swan had to be transported by Wings Flights of Hope to Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo for a platelet transfusion (see https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kallies-Krusade/267365016721998 & attached). Kallie and her family live in Jamestown and were unable to make it to the hospital alone due to the storm.  While Unyts is thrilled that we were able to provide the blood needed to help Kallie and other patients, the supply has to be continually replenished. As WNY’s only community blood bank it is our responsibility to answer the call for blood products to ANY hospital in need, but we will need help from blood donors to do that. As local residents are able to return to their normal activities following the storm, Unyts encourages eligible donors to give blood. “O negative” donors and platelet donors are especially encouraged to give.

To make an appointment, call 512-7940 or visit www.unyts.org and click on Give Blood.

 

Blood Drives TODAY, November 21st

Eastern Hills Mall Donation Center

4545 Transit Road

Williamsville, NY 

7am-2pm

 

Medlab, Inc.

600 Cayuga Rd

Cheektowaga, NY

2-6pm

 

Blood Drives TOMORROW, November 22nd

Eastern Hills Mall Donation Center

4545 Transit Road

Williamsville, NY 

7am-3pm

 

Erie County Auto Bureau

2122 George Urban Blvd.

Depew, NY

8:30am-12:30pm

 

Tonawanda Donation Center

96 Niagara Street

Tonawanda, NY 

7am-3pm

 

Blood Drives Monday, November 24th

Eastern Hills Mall Donation Center

4545 Transit Road

Williamsville, NY  14221

10am-8pm

 

Southgate Plaza Donation Center

1000 Union Road

West Seneca, NY  14224

10am-8pm

 

Tonawanda Donation Center

96 Niagara Street

Tonawanda, NY  14150

10am-8pm

 

Blood Drives Tuesday, November 25th

 

Tonawanda Donation Center         

96 Niagara Street                             

Tonawanda, NY 

10am-8pm

 

Unyts Donation Center

110 Broadway

Buffalo, NY

10am-4pm                                       

 

Unyts is WNY’s only organ, eye, tissue and community blood center.

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