A blood drive held at the North Highlands Firehouse on Aug. 3 brought in 75 people to donate. Thirteen were deferred for various reasons, such as high-blood pressure, piercings or tattoos, low hemoglobin, recent vaccinations or travel to restricted locations, but the remaining 62 provided blood that will benefit 168 patients.
The turnout was better than expected, said organizer Dottie Gilman; the New York Blood Center, which runs the drives, had set a goal of 57 people. The donors included 11 counselors and staff members from the Lake Surprise camp.
The next local drive will take place Aug. 31 at the Beacon Elks. See nybloodcenter.org. The next Philipstown drive is Nov. 8 at Our Lady of Loretto in Cold Spring.
Photos by Ross Corsair