Blood shortage emergency declared in Westchester County

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The New York Blood Center is holding donation drives throughout Westchester County, including one in White Plains Monday night, in response to a critical blood shortage.

Many schools that typically hold drives are closed for the summer, but the Blood Center is hosting them at county buildings to help hospitals and patients in dire need.

Anyone who is 17 years old or older can donate. If a person is 16 years old, they can donate if they have a letter from a parent.

The blood donation process takes less than an hour, and in that time you can donate a pint of blood that can save three lives.

Organizers hope the pop-up drives will encourage more people to donate.

There will be numerous blood drives throughout the county this summer.

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