STATE—New Jersey Blood Services (NJBS) is on a mission to fill the shelves of New Jersey’s hospitals with blood before the holidays. At the same time, music icon Bruce Springsteen is on a similar mission to fill the shelves of the Community Food Banks of New Jersey.
So when The Boss talked…New Jersey Blood Services listened.
They’re asking every donor who saves a life by giving pint of blood between Dec. 1 and 14, to bring a non-perishable food donation to the blood drive where they donate. Food donations will be accepted at the following local drives:
- Dec. 3 at the Shoprite of Clark, 76 Central Avenue from 3-7 p.m.
- Dec. 7 at St. Genevieve RC Church, 200 Monmouth Road, Elizabeth from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- Dec. 8 at First United Methodist of Westfield, 1 East Broad Street from 3:30-9 p.m.
You can call 1-800-933-2566 or visit www.nybloodcenter.org to verify the date and time.
NJBS, which supplies blood services and products to 60 hospitals throughout the state, says that that there is an even greater need for blood during the holiday season.
“Traditionally, blood collections drop during the holidays, not only in New Jersey but throughout the country,” said executive director of NJBS, Chuck Grossenbacher. “Presently, hospitals are experiencing a deficit in their blood supply, and the need for RH negative red cells has especially become a critical concern.”
He said that everyone has an obligation to donate blood, at least once a year, provided they meet the qualifications.
Eligible donors should be 17 years of age, weigh 110 pounds, in generally good health and show signed or photo ID. Donors over 75 years of age can also donate with a note from their physician.
“Nationwide, 60% of the population is eligible to donate blood, yet in New Jersey only 2% actually give,” Grossenbacher noted. “Aside from donating blood, we’re asking our donors to join in our mission to help the Community Food Banks of New Jersey in their mission to feed the hungry. Donate a pint of blood and bring a non-perishable food item to the drive to donate to the food bank. It’s the season of giving. Please do your part to help save lives.”
For questions of medical eligibility, or to locate a drive in your area, call 1-800-933-BLOOD (2566). You can also visit www.nybloodcenter.org.
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