KINGS POINT, N.Y., - January 28, 2014. Yesterday, the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) held its first blood drive of 2014. USMMA, in partnership with Long Island Blood Services, hosts three blood drives each year. The blood drive was well attended by faculty, staff, midshipmen, parents and members of the local community. In total, they made 107 donations.
“These individuals are dedicated in their support of the community’s blood supply needs,” said Mr. Rick Sager, Administrator of the Department of Health Services & Emergency Medical Services. “They are lining up faster than the Blood Drive personnel can respond and despite the cold temperatures, recent storms and other deterrents, USMMA is moving full steam ahead to provide much needed blood to save lives.”
The blood drive at USMMA took on critical importance because last week’s snow storm forced the cancelation of over 35 individual blood drive events across Long Island. This resulted in a loss of approximately 1400 units of blood. Midshipman Frank Taormina said, "I am from Long Island. As a volunteer fireman with the Merrick Fire Department, I have seen many people who needed blood. It makes me happy knowing that I am helping people."
Anyone who missed USMMA’s blood drive but would like to donate can call: 800-688-0900. Each donation has the potential to save three lives.