New York Blood Center recently announced a blood emergency. The region’s blood supply is dangerously low, and there’s a critical need for donors. Fewer large blood drives due to the pandemic have resulted in a serious shortage. Blood donation is essential to treat a wide range of chronic, acute, and emergency medical conditions across all communities.

There’s something you can do to help. Donating blood is safe, easy and vital to those who need it, and every donation can save three lives. Help your fellow New Yorkers in need, and sign up to donate blood today!

Festival of New York “Meet the Need” challenge: From May 30 to September 5, sign up to donate blood with New York Blood Center, and help reach our collective goal of 25,000 donations.

• Bring photo ID or NYBC donor card.
• Face covering is required before entering the blood drive.
• Eat well and drink plenty of fluids before donating.

Do not donate if you have:
• a fever or other symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing)
• had close contact with someone diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19 in the last 14 days
• been diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19 until 14 days after your illness has resolved

NOTE: Close contact is defined by the CDC as being within 6 feet of an infected individual for a prolonged period of time.

To learn more about the importance of donating during this time and to answer your questions regarding COVID-19, please visit In addition, Lincoln Center requires proof of full COVID-19 vaccination for all indoor events.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Guest Services at 212-875-5456 or [email protected].