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Blood Drive and Raffle to be Held at NYPA Visitors’ Center

Contact:
Steve Ramsey
1-800-724-0309
stephen.ramsey@nypa.gov
                                   

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 television.

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 www.donatebloodnow.org.

 

  About NYPA:

 ■    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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