December 15, 2017


Contact: Sarah Diina, Director of Marketing



Mayor Brown and City of Buffalo to host

kick-off for Unyts Holiday Heroes campaign

WNY police, firefighters and first responders host blood and registry drives


More than 45 agencies and city/town leadership across Western New York are giving the gift of life by hosting drives in December and January, a critical time of year for blood. The blood drives will include Donate Life Registry drives as well, where they’ll be encouraging the public to enroll as organ and tissue donors on the New York State Donate Life Registry.


WHAT: Press conference for the 2017 Holiday Heroes campaign


WHERE: Buffalo City Hall, Mayor’s Office- 65 Niagara Square, Buffalo, 14202


WHEN: Tuesday, December 19 at 2:00pm


WHO: Speakers will include Mayor Byron Brown, City of Buffalo; John G. Schmidt, Unyts Board Member and living kidney donor; Sheriff James Voutour, Niagara County Sheriff; Allegra Jaros, President of Oishei Children’s Hospital.


Representatives from Buffalo Police, Buffalo Police Athletic League, Erie County Sheriff’s Office, Cheektowaga Police, Mercy Flight, Niagara Falls Fire Department, NFTA Police, Department of Justice, NYS Unified Court System, US Customs, Cambria Fire Department, Dunkirk Police and others will be on hand.


Western New York’s only organ, eye, tissue and community blood center.


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to Unyts as “Upstate New York Transplant Services” or by the acronym “UNYTS.”