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William R. Steinhaus
Dutchess County Executive
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For Immediate Release

August 1, 2002

County Executive Steinhaus And Dutchess Red Cross Urge Local Blood Donations


Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus announced today that Dutchess County, in collaboration with the Dutchess County Chapter of the American Red Cross, is encouraging county residents to donate blood locally.  As part of this effort, the County and the Red Cross will be conducting a special ‘Blood Drive’ for Dutchess County employees on August 6th from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Social Services Department building on 60 Market Street in Poughkeepsie.   

County Executive Steinhaus stated that, “Among the actions that individuals can take to prepare themselves, their families and our community in the event of an emergency, is donating blood.   The American Red Cross is the primary supplier of blood to local hospitals in both Dutchess and Ulster Counties.  Right now blood supplies are critically low.  So we’re asking our Dutchess County neighbors to roll up their sleeves and help.”  The County Executive noted that county residents and employees have a tradition of volunteerism and the County has a history of participation in the Red Cross  ‘Blood Drives’. 

Michelle Conrad, Executive Director of the American Red Cross, Dutchess County Chapter said, “The American Red Cross has a long and successful tradition of helping people and communities.  One of our most important contributions to community disaster preparedness is helping maintain sufficient inventories and supplying blood when it is needed.”  Ms. Conrad emphasized that not enough blood donors have responded to the American Red Cross’s New York-Penn Region appeal begun this June and that if volunteers do not come forward to donate blood during current drive, hospital and patient needs will not be met.    

Ms. Conrad said, “The statistics show that only 4.1% of those in our region who are eligible to give blood actually do so.  That simply is not enough to sustain the needed supply.”  New donors are needed.  Anyone who is at least 17 years old, weighs at least 110 pounds, and is in generally good health can give blood.  And current donors can help by donating more frequently.  There would be a tremendous impact if those donors who currently give only once a year gave a second time. 

For a list of ‘Blood Drives’ in our area, contact the American Red Cross at 845-471-0202 ext. 313.                 


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