For immediate release: Thursday, March 24, 2010
PR #3 - 2011

New York State Office of Victim Services partners with American Red Cross to sponsor blood drives next month

Events in Albany, Buffalo and White Plains to mark National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 10 – 16

The New York State Office of Victim Services is partnering with the American Red Cross to sponsor blood drives in three cities next month to mark National Crime Victims’ Rights Week in New York State.

Recognized annually since 1981, Crime Victims Rights’ Week is designed to call attention to the life-changing impact crime has on victims and their loved ones, to highlight services available to assist crime victims and to reinforce the message that victims’ voices need to be heard throughout the criminal justice system.

This year, the week will be marked from Sunday, April 10 through Saturday, April 16, and the drives will be held in Albany, Buffalo and White Plains. This is the fourth consecutive year that the board has partnered with the American Red Cross to sponsor blood drives. The schedule for this year’s blood drives are as follows:

  • Buffalo: 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 8 at the Main Place Mall, second floor community room, 380 Main St.
  • Albany: 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, at the American Red Cross’ Blood Donation Center at the Empire State Plaza Concourse (near the Hallmark store).
  • White Plains: 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 15, at the American Red Cross, 106 North Broadway.

“We are proud of our ongoing relationship with the American Red Cross, and pleased that we are able to support blood drives in three cities this year,” Office of Victim Services Director Tina M. Stanford said. “Our partnership with the Red Cross is natural, given the fact that a core principle of each of our missions is the responsibility to help those who are in need.”

To schedule an appointment at any of these locations, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or www.redcrossblood.org. Individuals who are at least 17 years old (16 with parental permission in New York), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and donors 18 years of age and younger also must meet certain height and weight requirements. Identification also is required at the time of donation.

The New York State Office of Victim Services provides direct compensation to eligible crime victims and funds a network of 189 victims’ assistance programs across the state. For more information, visit www.ovs.ny.gov or call 1-800-247-8035.

 

Contact: Janine Kava, Press Office
New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services/Office of Victim Services
(518) 457-8906 or (518) 275-5508 – cell
janine.kava@dcjs.ny.gov