A Gift That Costs You Nothing, But Benefits Many

donate-blood-2RAHWAY – To meet the community’s increasing need for blood, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway and The Blood Center of New Jersey are sponsoring a blood drive the first Wednesday of each month from 1:30 to 7 p.m. at the hospital, located at 865 Stone Street in Rahway.

Donating is safe and simple, and one donation can help as many as three people who need red blood cells, plasma or platelets.  Donors are asked medical history questions and given a mini-health check that includes pulse, blood pressure, and iron level.  The process generally takes under an hour. Donors must be at least 17 years of age, weight 120 pounds and be in good health.

Donors also should bring a signed or picture form of identification.  People with a fever or sore throat should wait until they are feeling better before donating. There is a 24-hour deferral for teeth cleanings and fillings. For those who have recently traveled outside the United States, please call the blood center at 973-676-4700, ext. 132 for eligibility criteria.

The Blood Center of New Jersey is an independent, non-profit organization supplying blood and blood components to hospitals in eight counties in northern and central New Jersey.  All blood is collected, tested, processed and distributed in New Jersey.

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