Blood Drive and Raffle to be Held
at NYPA Visitors’ Center
June 28, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NORTH BLENHEIM—The American Red Cross and the New
York Power Authority (NYPA) will play host to a blood drive at the
Power Authority’s Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project
Visitors Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11. Blood
donors will be eligible to enter a raffle for a flat screen
This summer, the Red Cross is facing dire shortages
of blood with less than a 2 ˝ days’ supply, about half the projected
need. Currently, supplies of O-Negative, the universal blood type,
as well as A-Negative are being rationed with Red Cross physicians
having to review and approve each request to ensure that they are
available for emergencies.
To qualify as a blood donor, one must be healthy,
display positive ID proving one is at least 17 years old (or 16
years old if allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and
have refrained from donating blood in the last 8 weeks (56 days).
Those with a chronic condition such as diabetes or high blood
pressure must ensure the condition is under control.
Would-be donors and their families are invited to
enjoy the visitors’ center attractions, which include hands-on
exhibits on such subjects as basics of electricity, uses of
electricity and operation of the Blenheim-Gilboa project.
The NYPA Visitors’ Center is located on State Route
30, 17 miles south of Middleburgh and 5 miles north of Grand Gorge.
For more information regarding blood donations, please visit
■ NYPA uses no tax money or
state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of
bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of
electricity. ■ NYPA is a leader in promoting
energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric
transportation initiatives. ■ It is the
nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating
facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400
circuit-miles of transmission lines.
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