Blood drive held at Watkins Glen
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WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- Red Cross officials say every three days, about 2,000 units of blood are needed in Upstate New York. Tuesday, those in Schuyler County held a blood drive to help replenish that supply.
The drive was held at the Media Center at Watkins Glen International. Organizers were hoping to bring in just over 100 people during the six plus hours at the track but managed to only bring in about half of that total.
The blooding drive was held on September 11th not only in memory of the victims of the attacks 11 years ago, but also to continue to support those in need.
"This is a very poignant day to be doing this in memory of all of those people that we lost. But there are still people out there right now that need help saving their lives. So if anyone can come in to do that, that's two lives saved by one person. That's huge," said Jean Crouthamel, Red Cross Operations Supervisor.
Red Cross organizers are urging people to donate blood at local drives. They say the discomfort is minimal and it only takes about 45 minutes to donate.