SOMERS, N.Y. – Eighty-four residents braved below freezing temperatures March 4 to come out to the annual blood drive hosted by  Somers Women’s Club at Somers Intermediate School.

The Women’s Club and donor specialists from New York Blood Center were set up at the school from 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Club officials said these were the highest results since 2009.

Joe Berger, a veteran and 23-year resident, said he has been an avid blood donor for years.

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“I feel it’s only fair if myself or my family should ever need it,” Berger said.

Women’s Club President Peggy Martin said it’s one of the club’s main events of the year.

“It’s a service to the community and it’s a vital resource that’s needed,” Martin said.

According to the New York Blood Center’s website, the greater New York area is a high-demand region. Donor specialist Kay Semple encourages those who are eligible to donate to find a blood drive near them.

“We have people come in and say, ‘You know, I never gave blood until a family member needed it,’” Semple said. “Someday, you might need it and there might not be any in the bank.”