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Give the Gift of Life at Vanderheyden's 2nd Annual Blood Drive

Give the Gift of Life at Vanderheyden's 2nd Annual Blood Drive

Wynantskill, NY — Beat the winter blues and give the gift of life by donating blood! It is one of the simplest things you can do to help save someone’s life. For the hour it takes to give blood, there could be a whole community of people thankful for another birthday given to their loved one.

We need YOU to help maintain an adequate blood supply for patients in need. To help ensure a good donation experience, The American Red Cross recommends getting a good night’s sleep, drinking an extra 16 ounces of water, eating iron-rich foods to maintain a healthy iron level and consuming a low-fat meal before donating.

Upcoming blood donation opportunity:

Tuesday, February 3 from 2pm to 6pm at Vanderheyden in the School Cafeteria at 614 Cooper Hill Road, Wynantskill, New York 12198. Vanderheyden is a certified Sanctuary Institute member and Social Responsibility is one of the 7 commitments. All presenting donors will receive a $5 Dunkin’ Donuts gift card.

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About Vanderheyden

Vanderheyden began as the Troy Orphan Asylum in 1833. Today Vanderheyden provides safe haven for children, youth and adults who have experienced family disruption, emotional difficulty and learning problems. Services include diagnostic/respite services, education for 7-12th grade students, residential cottages and group homes, and testing/treatment for medical, psychological, psychiatric and educational issues. Follow us on LinkedIn or Like us on Facebook.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit


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