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Saving Lives on Grand Street

Kosher butchers Moshe Davdowitz (R) and Baruch Weiss (L) observed with professional interest
by Jack E. Dell

Local businesses on Grand Street are calling on community residents to help save lives today by supporting their annual blood drive today, from 4-9PM at 383 Grand Street (near Essex), in the Community Room of Seward Park Housing.

“We’re not just about concrete and steel, we’re a community first. I urge my fellow Lower East Siders to come out and show what we are all about,” said LoHo Realty's Jacob Goldman. LoHo was among local businesses who organized and sponsored five blood drives since 2004. “Even if you can’t donate blood it is important to just show and to lend support for such a worthy cause.”

Businesses show their support with discounts and special gifts – everything from free pickles and hot dogs to discounted goods and services – to all presenting donors. Co-sponsors include the Pickle Guys, 41 Essex, Noah’s Ark, Kossar’s Bialys, Flowers on Essex, Solomon Insurance and many others.

“I have made it my goal to not merely sell and lease living space, but to welcome people into a neighborhood with that small-town appeal amidst the towers of Manhattan’s skyline,” Goldman said. “The blood drive and the local shops’ participation, is a small demonstration of those feelings.”

Donors must be at least 17 years of age, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good general health. All donors will receive a free mini medical exam and refreshments following their donation. Potential donors are encouraged to schedule a convenient appointment by calling Theresa at LoHo Realty 212.388.1115 x105 or over the internet at www.nybloodcenter.org. New York Blood Center is a community-based, independent blood center that has been supplying life-saving blood products and services to area hospital patients for close to 40 years. The drive will take place in the Community Room at 383 Grand Street (near Essex Street) in the Seward Park cooperative.

List of sponsors include:

LoHo Realty 563 Grand Street, Gift: Bag of Goodies

Noah’s Ark Deli 399 Grand Street, Gift: A pint of chicken soup for a pint of blood

41 Essex 41 Essex Street, Gift: Free Hot Dog

718-INSURANCE, Gift: Free radio

Flowers on Essex, Gift: 1 free rose

Special Touch Cleaners 559 Grand Street, Gift: Subject to verification, $5.00 off any service (min $25)

Frank’s Bike Shop 553 Grand Street, Gift: 10% off any purchase including repair, or free riding gloves

Kossar’s Bialys 367 Grand Street, Gift: ½ dozen Bialys

M&M Dairy Appetizing 510 Grand Street, Gift: Free dozen eggs

Full City Coffee 409 Grand Street, Gift: Subject to verification, free large brewed coffee or free large coffee of the day


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