Just as the Gift of Life can take the form of a life-saving organ, it can also take the form of a critical blood transfusion, and Unyts is the organization offering Western New Yorkers the opportunity to save and enhance the lives of neighbors – whether through organ, eye, tissue or community blood donation. In 2005, Unyts was approached by area hospitals looking for a cost-effective alternative for purchasing blood. By collecting, processing and distributing all the blood locally, Unyts’ Community Blood Service has already saved local hospitals over $10 million.
Since beginning collections in June 2007, Unyts has become the primary supplier of blood products for ECMC, Kaleida Health, and all the hospitals in Niagara and Wyoming Counties. Our local hospitals need to maintain an adequate supply of blood for emergency situations and it is up to Unyts and the generosity of our donors to help provide safe levels of blood inventory.