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Sabres host blood drive, give donors game tickets

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Posted at 5:20 PM, Nov 23, 2014
and last updated 2015-11-18 17:20:22-05

The Buffalo Sabres will do their part on Monday to help replenish the blood supply in Western New York.

Due to the storms that paralyzed the region with several feet of snowfall and driving bans, several blood drives were canceled. To encourage donations, the Sabres in conjunction with Unyts are holding a blood drive at the Eastern Hills Mall on Monday.

Players will make appearances from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and present donors with a pair of tickets to Wednesday’s game at First Niagara Center.

Unyts says one pint of blood can be used to save up to three lives, right here in Western New York. Unyts is the main supplier to Kaleida Health, ECMC, and all of the hospitals in Niagara and Wyoming counties.

According to Unyts, approximately 100 people throughout Western New York alone need blood every day. About one in seven hospital admissions requires a blood transfusion.

Blood has a limited shelf life and must continually be replenished. If you can’t make it to the Eastern Hills Mall Monday, click here to find out other places you can donate.

On December 2, the Buffalo Bills will hold a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park.

The first 500 donors will receive a “One Buffalo” t-shirt and all donors will be entered to win tickets to the game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, December 14. One hundred winners will be selected.

To sign up for that blood drive, click here.