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Help save lives by making a local stop to the “Donation Station” – The first 125 presenting blood donors will receive a pair of tickets to a New York baseball game this spring.

MTA Metro-North Railroad and New York Blood Center (NYBC) encourage New Yorkers to give the gift of life during their commute on Thursday, April 27th between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. in Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall. It only takes one hour for MTA employees and commuters to help replenish the New York region’s blood supply and give patients a fighting chance who depend on life-saving transfusions of red blood cells, platelets, and plasma. Make a local (or express) stop to the “Donation Station” and donate blood.

As an act of gratitude, the first 125 presenting donors will receive a pair of tickets to a New York baseball game this spring. (*New York Yankees tickets terms and conditions apply.)

NYBC invites new and existing donors to attend the 12-hour drive to help meet hospital demand and to help patients who are in need of life-saving blood. Donors with O-negative blood type, or “universal donors,” are especially encouraged to attend, as their blood can be used in emergencies.

Please call NYBC to schedule an appointment to donate (800) 933-2566 or visit

Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcomed. 

“More than 300 people donated at last year’s blood drive at Grand Central Terminal, making it the largest and most successful drive since Metro-North initiated its partnership with the New York Blood Center,” said Metro-North President Joseph Giulietti. “Metro-North is proud to be part of this important effort, and we join the New York Blood Center in thanking our commuters and employees for their generosity and compassion.  Donating blood is a simple way to make a profound difference, and we hope even more people will take the time to give this year.” 

Last year, MTA Metro-North Railroad’s annual sponsored drive, in partnership with NYBC, saw over 300 participants gave blood, and show support for their fellow New Yorkers – making it the largest and most successful drive throughout the event’s history.

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

The entire donation process takes less than an hour, and a single donation can be used to save multiple lives. 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 should bring identification with a photo or signature and eat well and drink fluids before donating. Juice and cookies are provided free after donations. 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

Blood donors receive free mini-medical exams on site including information about their temperature, pulse rate, blood pressure and hemoglobin level. Eligible donors include those people at least age 16 (parental consent is required for 16-year-olds), who weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, are in good health and meet all US Food & Drug Administration and NY or NJ State Department of Health donor criteria. People age 76 or older may donate if they have a doctor’s note on file with New York Blood Center or if they bring one on the day of the blood drive.


About New York Blood Center

New York Blood Center (NYBC) is a nonprofit organization that is one of the largest independent, community-based blood centers in the country. Founded in 1964, NYBC, along with its partner organizations Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City (CBC) and Innovative Blood Resources (IBR), based St. Paul, Minnesota, collect approximately 3,300 units of blood products each day, serving local communities of more than 25 million people in New York, New Jersey, parts of Connecticut and Pennsylvania, the Kansas City metropolitan area, Minnesota, and Nebraska.

NYBC and its partners also provide a wide array of transfusion-related medical services, while NYBC’s National Cord Blood Program (NCBP) is home to the world’s largest public cord blood bank. NYBC is also home to a renowned research institute, which — among other milestones — led to the development of a Hepatitis B vaccine and innovative blood purification technology. 

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Media Contact:
Andrea Garcia