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Urgent Plea for Blood Donors

As COVID cases and hospitalizations continue to soar across WNY, ConnectLife is making an urgent plea for blood donations. Over the Thanksgiving holidays more than 150 units of type O blood were used to treat accident, trauma and surgical patients, leaving WNY’s only community blood bank with less than a 2-day supply of blood. As donations reach a critical low, continuing patient needs at local hospitals may not be met.

“The need for blood never ends” says ConnectLife President & CEO, Mark Simon. “It is vital that all who are eligible to donate, and those who have ever thought about donating, consider giving now for our families, friends and neighbors in need.”

ConnectLife is the primary supplier of blood products to Kaleida Health, ECMC, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, Eastern Niagara Health, Wyoming County Community Health System, Olean General Hospital, Brooks-TLC Health System and Bradford Regional Medical Center. As WNY’s only community blood bank it is our responsibility to answer the call for blood products to ANY hospital in need, but we need help from blood donors to do that.

Donors throughout the month of December will be a part of the annual Holiday Heroes campaign and their blood donation will honor someone on the frontlines of the pandemic, support those fighting illness and all those who are dedicated to saving lives. All Holiday Heroes donors will receive a free, exclusive t-shirt. In addition, if ConnectLife reaches 2500 donors during the campaign $2500 will be contributed to both the YMCA Buffalo Niagara and FeedMore WNY.

Anyone who is eligible to donate blood is urged to make an appointment immediately at or by calling 716.529.4270.

Download the press release here.


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