Mayor urging Bronx and city residents to donate blood as supply dwindles

As summer nears, Mayor Bloomberg is urging all New Yorkers to donate blood.

While visiting Lincoln Medical Center Monday, the mayor announced that a lot of residents are not doing enough to help increase the blood supply. By next month the blood supply is expected to drop to 5,000 pints, which is not enough since 50,000 pints are needed to run hospitals in the Bronx and city.

Officials say the summer and winter are the two seasons when the blood supply is the lowest. To donate blood, residents must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health.

For more information on donating blood, call the city's hotline at 311.

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