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News Advisory:  Blood Drive to Benefit American Red Cross

March 7, 2006

MASSENA:  The American Red Cross and the New York Power Authority (NYPA) will host a Blood Drive at NYPA’s St. Lawrence-FDR Power Project Hawkins Point Visitors Center.  This drive will give the public an opportunity to find their blood type and to donate blood desperately needed to lend a helping hand combating the natural disasters our nation has experienced in the past year. 

NYPA will be hosting regular blood drives at the Hawkins Point Visitors Center for those interested in donating on a continuing basis.  The American Red Cross Staff will ensure all medical histories remain confidential, and that the drive goes off without a hitch.

To donate blood, you must be healthy, at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, and not have donated blood in the last 8 weeks (56 days). "Healthy" means that you feel well and can perform normal activities. If you have a chronic condition such as diabetes or high blood pressure, "healthy" also means that you are being treated and the condition is under control

During the blood drive, visitors will be able to view the wide array of interactive exhibits, at the newly constructed $5 million Visitors Center, on the themes of Water Power and the St. Lawrence facility, Basics of Electricity and Uses of Electricity.  Children and adults alike will enjoy being able to touch, see and listen to the many interactive models on display.   

Visitors are also sure to enjoy the panoramic views of the power dam from Hawkins Point.

            EVENT:                       American Red Cross Blood Drive

            DATE:                         Wednesday, March 15, 2006

            TIME:                          11:30 am — 4:30 pm

            COST:                         FREE
                                               Admission to the Visitors Center is always free.

DIRECTIONS:  From Massena: Take State Route 37 east to Route 131 (across from St. Lawrence Centre Mall), turn left and proceed through the Eisenhower Lock tunnel. Then take the second right onto Robinson Bay Road and continue for two miles. Turn left onto Hawkins Point Road and follow the entrance road to the visitors center.

CONTACT:     Jill R. Chamberlain, Community Relations Associate, NYPA, at 315-764-0226, ext. 300, or 1-800-262-NYPA, if calling from New York State.

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