Save the date: September 7, 2011 Holy Name of Mary will be hosting Brian’s Gift Blood Drive. The New York Blood Center will be on hand from 2:45PM to 8:45PM to collect blood at the school cafeteria in the basement located at 90 S.Grove St., Valley Stream, NY 11580 in memory of Brian Saccareccia, parishioner and resident of Valley Stream who sadly lost his life at 23 due to a motorcycle accident. Walk-ins are welcome or appointments may be scheduled by contacting Mike at 516-343-1942.
In an email interview, Brian’s brother Michael voiced concerns over the effects Hurricane Irene may have on blood supply:
“New York Blood Services had to cancel many, many drives and I anticipate that blood supplies will be critical within a few days. Supplies are typically depleted right around Labor Day without the storm. It is important to hold the drives at Holy Name of Mary because my mother has been a member of the parish since she was a child and put all four of her children though school there from Nursery through 8th grade. It was an enormous part of our lives.”
According to Long Island Blood Services you must be between 16 and 75 years of age (16 needs written parental consent and over 75 requires a doctor’s note), weigh at least 110 pounds, and haven’t had tattoos or piercings within the past twelve months. Identification must be brought and it is important to eat and drink before donating and to replenish with plenty of fluids after.
Donating a pint only hurts a pinch and can save three lives. For more information on giving blood at this event contact Mike at 516-343-1942 or call 1-800-688-0900 for questions concerning medical eligibility. Walk-ins are welcome or appointments may also be scheduled. If you cannot make this drive and would like to find another location to give the gift of life visit The New York Blood Center website.
“Every day we can make sacrifices and offer them to God, showing him we are willing to give him our all” Matthew 16:21-27.
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