For the third year in a row, NYC commuters gave the gift of life at an American Red Cross blood drive held in Vanderbilt Hall at Manhattan’s Grand Central Terminal on June 12, 2014. A total of 174 units of blood were collected between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
The drive was hosted by AECOM, a provider of professional technical and management support services to a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government.
“AECOM and our more than 11,000 employees in the Americas have made a commitment to help maintain the national blood supply, and the Red Cross blood drive at Grand Central Terminal is a cornerstone of that initiative,” said Jane Chmielinski, AECOM COO and president, Americas. “We are delighted to return to Grand Central Terminal with the Red Cross and to sponsor such an important event for the New York City metro area.”
The blood drive comes at a crucial time for the Red Cross, as summer months can take a toll on the blood supply, with schools on break and many potential donors pursuing summer activities. Unfortunately, patients don’t get a holiday from needing blood products. The need is constant, and donations must be continual to provide for hospital patients in need. Yet, despite this constant need, only five percent of the eligible population actually donates blood.
That is why the Red Cross is prioritizing help and hope with its 100 Days of Summer … 100 Days of Hope initiative across the country. There is still time to #ChooseYourDay to give the gift of life—much-needed blood. You can learn more here: http://www.redcrossblood.org/nyp
“Just one pint of blood could save three lives,” said Josh Lockwood, CEO of the Greater New York Region. “We’re so appreciative of everyone who stopped by Grand Central Terminal to donate.” He added, “If at least two more donors gave blood at every Red Cross blood drive this summer – above what’s expected – patients would be better assured of having lifesaving blood products readily available to them.”
“Blood must available when it’s needed to help save a life, whether it be a young mother who needs blood during a difficult childbirth, a friend or family member needing blood during cancer treatments or a person with a traumatic injury who needs several units of blood in the ER,” said Kay E. Schwartz, CEO, Red Cross New York-Penn Blood Services Region. “We were thrilled to once again work with AECOM to bring this opportunity to people who live or work in New York to donate blood and experience giving the gift of life.”
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/gny or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossNY.