NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New York City is offering blood donors a chance to win prizes including a year’s supply of Krispy Kreme doughnuts to help counter its critical blood supply shortage, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday.
Tristate residents who donate blood at a New York City-based donor center or community blood drive through Dec. 31 will be eligible to enter a sweepstakes, de Blasio said at news briefing.
Prizes will include free Krispy Kreme donuts for a year, a six-person VIP tour of the Empire State Building and Coaches’ Club tickets to the New York Jets’ home opener. The city has seen a “marked decrease” in its blood supply in recent weeks, the mayor said.
“This is really a very, very urgent situation,” he said. “So we need you to lend a hand, or more accurately, to lend an arm, and give blood.”
"And the good news is, not only is it the right thing to do, not only will you help save a life, and you're going to feel great inside that you did something so good, not only will you get a cookie and a juice box — one of the great fringe benefits of giving blood — but now you have an opportunity to also win some great prizes," he added.
Health officials hope to get 25,000 New Yorkers to donate blood by New Year’s Eve, New York Blood Center President and CEO Christopher Hillyer said at the briefing.
“During COVID… people still go to the hospital with trauma: mothers delivering babies, babies who are premature, surgeries, cancer patients," Hillyer said. "All these patients need blood."
“We need, very much, everyone to come out at this critical juncture, so that we don’t move from critical shortage to dangerous shortage,” he added.
The Krispy Kreme prize, de Blasio noted, did not receive New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Commissioner Dave Chokshi's stamp of approval.
“That is not approved by the health department,” he said with a laugh. “But the rest of us would really like that.”