May 14, 2007

Help out a different friend (and a lot of other people, too!):

Filed under: PolenBabble — Twin C @ 1:06 pm

From my friend Caroline, a big muckamuck at Playwrights Horizons:

4th Annual Off-Broadway Blood Drive

Playwrights Horizons

416 West 42nd Street

Monday, June 11, 2007



Donating blood is literally giving the gift of life. Close to 2,000 men, women, and children, including cancer, transplant and surgery patients, trauma victims, newborn babies, and many more in our community need blood EVERY DAY. There is simply no substitute for voluntarily donated blood. Without volunteer donors, our community would not have an adequate community blood supply.

Before you try to donate, you should know the most common reasons for deferral:

Low iron. (Remember to each iron-rich foods as we get closer to the blood drive.)
Recent surgery
Recent tattoo/piercing
Travel/residence in certain countries. (The list of travel sites that require deferral changes frequently. Check with the NY Blood Center for the most current list.)
Homosexual and bisexual men are not permitted to donate blood *

The donation times are every 15 minutes from 12:30-5:45pm. To sign up for a time, contact Caroline Aquino at 212-564-1235 x3136 or You can drop by without an appointment, but to avoid a lot of waiting around, please try to sign up for a specific donation time.

Whether or not you are able to donate blood, I hope you will PASS THIS E-MAIL ON TO FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES. We had 45 people sign up last year and had 37 pints of blood donated. We’re hoping to go above and beyond those numbers this year. After your donation, you will be served yummy baked goods and sweets!

* In accordance with FDA regulations, blood centers defer all men who have sex with men. Many blood centers, including the New York Blood Center, have periodically questioned the FDA concerning these guidelines, including whether or not there is sufficient scientific evidence to support them. As recently as this past March, at an FDA conference regarding this issue, the New York Blood Center expressed opposition to the current deferral criteria. If you are opposed to the deferral criteria – whether you plan to donate blood or not – you can write to the FDA and/or voice your concern to your state senator and representative. We will have letters to the FDA at the blood drive so that anyone that comes to donate can sign a letter. But please, for those who are eligible, please do not let your outrage over this rule keep you from donating; blood is sorely needed.

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