These organizations are teaming up as part of an unprecedented collaboration to push for New York’s next chapter

Each participating donor will receive a box of Girl Scout Cookies as a thank you for their blood donation

NEW YORK – New York Blood Center (NYBC) is teaming up with Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and NewYork-Presbyterian to celebrate New York’s revival and save lives. Lincoln Center and NewYork-Presbyterian, as well as many others, will be hosting blood drives throughout the summer as part of the Festival of New York. This comes at a critical time as summer months are challenging for the blood supply as families go on vacation and enjoy the warmer weather.

The Girl Scouts of Long Island have generously donated 27,000 boxes of cookies to NYBC. Every participating blood donor for the remainder of the July will receive a box of Girl Scout Cookies as a thank you for their donation. 

Lincoln Center will be hosting a blood drive on July 19th from 12:30 PM – 6:30 PM. The blood drive will take place at the performing arts center’s David Rubenstein Atrium (61 West 62nd Street). Juilliard School musicians will be performing a program of string duets during the event. To sign up for the blood drive, visit

NewYork-Presbyterian will be sponsoring blood drives at each of NYBC’s donor centers from July 25th through July 31st. Throughout that week, NewYork-Presbyterian will be encouraging their doctors, medical staff, community members and New Yorkers to make a blood donation. All participating donors will receive a small gift (while supplies last), in addition to the Girl Scout Cookies. To sign up for an appointment, visit  Participating NYC locations include:

  • Grand Central Donor Center (Chanin Building, 122 East 42nd Street) 
  • Upper East Side Donor Center (310 East 67th Street) 
  • Staten Island Donor Center (2791 Richmond Avenue)

“The resiliency, strength, and care for one another New Yorkers display is inspiring and truly what makes the city great,” said Shanta Thake, Chief Artistic Officer at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. “We’re honored to be one of so many partners rallying around the need for blood donations in New York this summer, and to continue our partnership with the City of New York, New York Blood Center, and NewYork-Presbyterian.”

“Blood donations play a tremendous role in caring for our patients and communities. We are proud to collaborate with the New York Blood Center, the City of New York, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts to help meet this critical need to replenish the blood supply,” said Peter M. Fleischut, M.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Transformation Officer at NewYork-Presbyterian. “We encourage all New Yorkers to join in New York’s revival and make a donation that can help save lives.”

“It has been incredible to watch New York swiftly bounce back from the devastation of the pandemic under the leadership of Mayor Adams. We’re proud to be partnering with the City of New York, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and NewYork-Presbyterian to celebrate our great city and save lives,” said Andrea Cefarelli, Senior Vice President at New York Blood Center. “While the summer months are tough, we’ve had amazing partners in the fight to replenish the blood supply and we’re grateful to every donor who takes the time to make a selfless act for their fellow New Yorker.”

It only takes one hour to donate, and a single donation can save multiple lives. Roughly one in seven hospital admissions require a blood transfusion. Those in need include: cancer patients, accident, burn, or trauma victims, transplant recipients, surgery patients, chronically transfused patients suffering from sickle cell disease or thalassemia, and many more.

About New York Blood Center: Founded in 1964, New York Blood Center (NYBC) is a nonprofit organization that is one of the largest independent, community-based blood centers in the world. NYBC, along with its operating divisions Community Blood Center of Kansas City, Missouri (CBC), Innovative Blood Resources (IBR), Blood Bank of Delmarva (BBD), and Rhode Island Blood Center (RIBC), collect approximately 4,000 units of blood products each day and serve local communities of more than 75 million people in the Tri-State area (NY, NJ, CT), Mid Atlantic area (PA, DE, MD, VA), Missouri and Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, Rhode Island, and Southern New England. NYBC and its operating divisions also provide a wide array of transfusion-related medical services to over 500 hospitals nationally, including Comprehensive Cell Solutions, the National Center for Blood Group Genomics, the National Cord Blood Program, and the Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute, which — among other milestones — developed a practical screening method for hepatitis B as well as a safe, effective and affordable vaccine, and a patented solvent detergent plasma process innovating blood-purification technology worldwide.