Blood Drive August 29 in St. James, NY

August 19, 2010 – A blood drive will be held on August 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Tru Salon, 437A North Country Rd (25A), in St. James, NY.

Between 10:00 and 12:30, Gloria Bila of Tru Salon will also be on the site to provide hair cuts and stylings, the proceeds of which will go to the Cooley’s Anemia Foundation. In addition, Gloria will be selling special handmade crafts to benefit CAF. Artists and musicians will also be on hand, and a raffle will be held.

Blood Donation Facts

  • Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
  • The number one reason donors say they give blood is because they “want to help others.”
  • One donation can help save the lives of up to three people.
  • Donating blood is a safe process. A sterile needle is used only once for each donor and then discarded.
Criteria for Donating Blood


Age: 16-75 (16 year olds must have parental permission. Age 76 and over need doctor’s note.)

Minimum weight: 110 pounds

Bring ID with signature or photo.

Eat well (low fat) & drink fluids.

No tattoos for past 12 months.

Appointments are not necessary to donate blood, but they are necessary if you wish to have your hair done. Call (631) 584-2210 to make a haircut appointment.

“I decided to hold the fundraiser/blood drive because someone I love with all my heart is living with this disease,” Gloria says. “I’ve always wanted to do something to let them know I am always thinking about them, as well as the families and friends of other people with Cooley’s anemia. This is the first time I’ve held any type of fundraiser and I’m very excited. It will not be the last either!”

According to the American Red Cross, more than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day in the United States. “It is very hard to find blood donors, so if someone is eligible to give blood I would urge them to do so,” Gloria says. “A lot of people say they are afraid to and I say back to them ‘Think about the people on the receiving end!'”

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