(Clinton Corners, Town of Clinton – May 21, 2015) — The Clinton Alliance Church, Clinton Community Library and the West Clinton Fire Department will be hosting a community blood drive at the Clinton Alliance Church Youth Center , 1191 Centre Road, on Friday, May 29 from 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

The 50th Anniversary of the Clinton Community Library will be honored and celebrated at this spring edition of the Clinton Community Blood Drive. Special celebratory library cards will be issued to all donors and their guests who reside in the Town of Clinton. Library Board President Barbara Burns adds “We want people to come back to the library so we are gathering a bunch of gift cards to group into a bouquet and raffle … winner take all.  Blood donors get a free chance if they bring their special library card into the library. Throughout June we will also be selling chances in the library.”

Besides the usual refreshments of juice, coffee and cookies, the library will provide a decorated cake for everyone to enjoy.  Burns adds “It amazes me that although we are only 37.6 sq. mi. in size, our Town of Clinton divides into seven distinct hamlets, four school districts, two fire districts, four voting districts and five zip codes.  The town is split further, and rather dramatically, by the Taconic Parkway.  It is our little library that draws us together as a community.  Let’s all give the precious gift of blood on May 29th.  And afterwards let’s enjoy some cake together to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of our Clinton Community Library.”

Making an appointment for a designated time is encouraged, if interested please call the Clinton Community Library at 845-266-5530 or call 1-800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767).

The need for blood locally remains constant, and donations are needed to offset summer blood shortages. People can donate a pint of blood every 56 days. Donors are encouraged to eat a meal prior to giving blood and drink plenty of water. Photo ID is required at donation time.

Blood donation requirements include a minimum weight of 110 pounds and minimum age of 17. A 16-year old may donate blood with written parental consent. There is no upper age limit for donating blood. Many health conditions and medications do NOT prevent someone from donating blood. People taking insulin, blood pressure, thyroid, and cholesterol medications, aspirin, antidepressants, and hormone replacement can give blood. Tattoos are also okay as long as they are healed and have been done in a reputable tattoo facility. As always, be in good health and feeling well.

Please feel free to call Clinton Community Blood Drive Coordinator Claudia Cooley 845-266-4268 with any questions.