When Sandy blew through, it ruined many well-made plans including those for the annual blood drive at Colonial Elementary School.
The very same storm that caused the bood drive's postponement, hosted by the school's Little Doctors Program and New York Blood Center, is also driving a heightened need for donors.
Now Louise Kelly, who has been working to get the blood drive back on track, is calling on everyone in Pelham to come out and support the effort.
"I'm really concerned about making sure enough people come," said Kelly.
The school's annual blood drive has been re-scheduled for tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 14 at 3:15-7:45 p.m. in the school gym. Donors can make an appointment or walk in.
Kelly's hopeful lots of people will make a commitment to donate. To make an appointment or for more information, contact her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or 914-275-5356.
According to the NY Blood Center, there could be a shortfall of as many as 12,000 units of blood in the next 30 days. That jeopardizes the 5-7 day supply that is held in reserve and required to ensure that blood is available for scheduled surgical procedures, medical treatments for cancer patients and to meet emergency or unexpected disaster needs.
Blood donors must bring I.D., eat and hydrate prior to donation, be between 16-76 years old (*16 yrs. with NYBC consent form) and weigh a minimum of 110 lbs. There will be onsite child-care/entertainment for children age 4 and up.