DONATE NOW:Urgent Call for Healthy Donors as Blood Supply Drops to Dangerously Low LevelsSchedule Appointment


As a gift of gratitude, the first 250 presenting donors will receive a pair of tickets to New York vs Toronto baseball game Thursday, May 26th at Yankee stadium (New York Yankee tickets terms and conditions apply).


MTA Metro-North Railroad and New York Blood Center (NYBC) invite the public to give the gift of life on their daily commute on Monday, May 9th, by setting aside less than an hour to visit the public donation station in Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall.  The blood drive and bone marrow registry will take place between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. with Metro-North Executive Vice President Catherine Rinaldi in attendance cutting the ceremonial ribbon at 9 a.m.  

For the first time in the history of this event, blood donors and/or participants will have the opportunity to be added to the bone marrow registry. A cheek swab is all that is needed to register to possibly help save lives through bone marrow donation.

The entire blood donation process takes under an hour, and a single donation can be used to save multiple lives. Donors with O-negative blood type, or “universal donors,” are especially encouraged to attend, as this unique blood type can be used under emergency circumstances.

Please call NYBC to schedule an appointment to donate at (800) 933-2566 or visit Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcomed.

Nearly 2,000 donations are needed each day in New York and New Jersey alone.  About one in seven hospital admissions requires a blood transfusion, and with a limited shelf life, supplies must be continually replenished.

Donors are required to bring identification to the event with a photo or signature and eat well and drink fluids before a donation. Juice and cookies will be provided. With NYBC’s frequent donor incentive program, each time you donate blood, you will receive Donor Advantage points redeemable for a wide variety of gifts or gift cards. Points may also be donated to selected charitable organizations.

Potential donors will receive a brief medical exam on site at no cost to evaluate temperature, pulse rate, blood pressure and hemoglobin levels. Eligible donors include those who are at least 16 years of age (parental consent required for 16-year-olds), weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and are in good health, meeting all Food & Drug Administration and NY or NJ State Department of Health donor criteria. People 76 or older may donate if they have a doctor’s note claiming eligibility on file with New York Blood Center or if they bring one on the day of the blood drive.

Note: The media are welcome to cover the drive and should get permission from donors before taking photographs.


About New York Blood Center

Now more than 50 years old, New York Blood Center (NYBC) is a nonprofit organization that is one of the largest independent, community-based blood centers in the country. NYBC’s mission is to serve the 20 million people in the New York metropolitan area — and more broadly, our nation and our world — by alleviating human suffering and preserving human life using our medical expertise.

Each year, NYBC provides approximately one million blood products to nearly 200 hospitals in the Northeast. NYBC also provides a wide array of transfusion-related medical services. NYBC is also home to the world’s largest public cord blood bank, which provides stem cells for transplant in many countries, and a renowned research institute, which — among other milestones — developed the hepatitis B vaccine and innovative blood purification technology. Website:


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Andrea Garcia

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NYBC Contact:

Elizabeth Castro

(914) 564-4281