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Yankees sponsoring blood drive on Friday

Event to replenish supply in aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

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The Yankees are doing their part to help those in need in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, sponsoring a blood drive on Friday at Gotham Hall, at 1356 Broadway at 36th Street in Manhattan.

Donors will receive tickets to a 2013 game, as well as mini-medical exams that will provide information about temperature, blood pressure and hematocrit level.

"We thank the New York Yankees for helping us replenish our community blood supply after Hurricane Sandy," Rob Purvis, vice president of the New York Blood Center, said in a statement. "We're opening up new locations and drives all the time -- including Friday's drive at Gotham Hall -- and the latest information [can be found] at and [by calling] 800-933-BLOOD."

The drive will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eligible donors must be at least 16 (with parental permission), weigh at least 110 pounds, be in good health, and meet all Food & Drug Administration and New York State Department of Health donor criteria. People 75 and older may donate with a doctor's note.

Andrew Simon is a contributor to

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