Friday, 03 September 2010 00:00
In honor of Sept. 11 being designated as a national day of voluntary service, charity and good deeds, Congressman Peter T. King (R-Seaford) will be holding his Fourth annual blood drive on Saturday, Sept. 11, from 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at his District Office, 1003 Park Blvd., Massapequa Park. The blood drive will be administered by Long Island Blood Services.
“The blood drive is a way to encourage people to perform one special deed on September 11 as a way to honor the thousands of good people who were murdered by terrorists nine years ago,” Rep. King stated. “It is also a way to rekindle the spirit of unity and compassion that existed in the nation after the tragedy.”
According to the congressman’s office, the Long Island region suffers from a shortage of local blood donors, as only 2 percent of the region’s population donates blood each year, compared to the national average of 5 percent.
Donors must be age 16-75 (16 with written parental permission; 76+ accepted with doctor’s note), weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in general good health. At the time of donation, donors must have either photo or signed identification and know their social security number.
Congressman King initiated this blood drive to encourage people everywhere to set aside time every September 11th to perform good deeds of their choice to help others in need.
One hundred sixty-seven pints of blood have been collected in the first three years of the blood drive.
To schedule an appointment to donate blood, contact Congressman King’s Massapequa Park District Office at (516 or 631) 541-4225.