Blood Drives Curb Statewide Blood Shortage

Senator James Skoufis (D-Hudson Valley) partnered with the Red Cross and the New York Blood Center to host simultaneous blood drives in northern and southern parts of Orange County on Friday, July 9.

At the Newburgh Armory Unity Center that day, Red Cross collected 38 productive units from 43 total donors, including 22 first-time donors. Meanwhile, at the South Orange Family YMCA in Monroe, the New York Blood Center collected a total of 45 units, including 20 “ALYX” units (collecting twice the amount of red blood cells in one sitting) from 10 donors. By the Blood Center’s estimation, a single unit has the potential to save three lives; with a grand total of 83 units collected between the two locations, these generous donations could save upwards of 249 lives.

“I am proud to make my office’s resources available to facilitate life-saving events such as these,” said Senator Skoufis. “At times of severe blood shortage throughout New York State, every donation helps. I encourage all of my constituents to consider joining us for a future drive, helping to improve health outcomes for New Yorkers in need.”

Skoufis will host another blood drive in partnership with New York Blood Center on Friday, August 20 from 12:00pm – 6:00pm at the South Orange Family YMCA (45 Gilbert St Extension, Monroe, NY 10950). To learn more and make an appointment, visit

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