blood donation A blood drive will be held at Grand Central Terminal on Thursday.
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The Metro-North Railroad and New York Blood Center are hosting a blood drive at Grand Central Terminal Thursday, encouraging New Yorkers to "give the gift of life" during their commute.

How to donate:

  • The drive will be held at Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Bring identification with a photo or signature.

  • Eat and drink fluids before the donation, but juice and cookies are provided after.

  • Donors will also get a free "mini-medical exam," where they will get information about their temperature, blood pressure and iron level.

  • Donors must be at least 16 years old (with parental consent for minors), weigh at least 110 pounds and meet certain criteria. Those over 75 can donate with a doctor's note.

  • Anyone interested in donating can call the blood center at 800-933-2566 to schedule an appointment or go online for more information. Walk-ins are also welcomed.

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