Alley Pond Environmental Center is holding a post-Christmas blood drive to aid a local center affected by Hurricane Sandy.
APEC, located at 228-06 Northern Blvd. in Douglaston, is operating the Holiday Hero Blood Drive from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 26.
Liz McGlinchey said the event would not be one of APEC’s typical drives that are held throughout the year.
“We’re doing this because of how badly the New York Blood Center was affected by Hurricane Sandy,” she said. “They lost 6,000 units to refrigeration after their power went out. And they weren’t able to hold drives during those days.”
New York Blood Center’s vice president said the hurricane had left the hospital lacking the necessary amount of blood for the rest of the year.
“Our first priority remains getting our partner hospitals whatever they need for the care of patients, including the surgeries that had to be delayed,” said Rob Purvis, vice president of New York Blood Center. “Plus, with the holiday season right around the corner, we’re in a tough spot. We need the help of our communities to recover and replenish the blood supply.”
Local residents who participate in the drive will win a free pair of Mets tickets for a spring game.
Participants must be between the ages of 16 and 75 years. But 16-year-olds and seniors, ages 76 and above, must have a doctor’s note to donate.
APEC will not take blood from those who have received piercings or tattoos within the past year.
“We’d love it if people would pre-register, but we’ll welcome walk-ins,” McGlinchey said.
Free babysitting will be offered for attendees. To register, call 718-229-4000, ext. 214.