Fordham University was honored by Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión on Jan. 22 for topping the list of area colleges and universities in the number of blood donations during 2006.
The Fordham community made a total of 446 blood donations during the year, well ahead of the other two top donors, the State University of New York Maritime (410) and Manhattan College (383). Carrión lauded Fordham and the 21 other award-winning groups for their commitment to helping maintaining a safe and adequate blood supply.
Fordham holds two blood drives annually in the spring and fall and donations, which go to the New York Blood Center, are made by students, faculty and staff. The next blood drive at Fordham will be held on April 11 and 12 in O’Keefe Commons at O’Hare Hall. The New York Blood Center supplies 57,000 pints of blood to Bronx hospitals every year, but collects only 13,000 pints in the borough. On Jan. 9, the center reported that its blood supply had reached emergency levels after the holiday season.