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Monroe County Hosts Blood Drive

Jul 13, 2016

County Executive Dinolfo donating a pint
Credit Alex Crichton

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo joined some fellow employees and others in donating blood this morning at the county office building.

Dinolfo says the Red Cross has put out an emergency call for donations for all types, and the need for blood is greater during the summer months.

"The Red Cross is in dire need of blood donations, and we saw this as the county of Monroe as an opportunity to really step up to the plate and help people who are in need," she said.

Dinolfo says around 30 county employees volunteered to donate blood, but the Red Cross also accepted walk-ins during the drive, which ran from 9 am to 2 pm.

County employee Tom Cesario of Greece says he tries to donate blood regularly.

"It's definitely a good cause, I happen to have a blood type that's able to be used by anybody, O negative, so I'm a universal donor. I just think it's the right thing to do, if I can stomach it," he said.

For more information on area blood drives or to make an appointment to donate, visit redcross.org or call 1-800 RED CROSS.

Here's County Executive Dinolfo donating blood during today's drive: