STATE—New Jersey Blood Services (NJBS), a division of the New York Blood Center (NYBC), is calling upon the community to please donate blood and platelets, to replace nearly 1,500 donations expected to be lost during the recent winter snowstorms. Healthy people of all blood types and ethnicities are encouraged to donate this week.
Approximately 15% of regional blood collection comes from high schools and colleges, most of which have already issued cancellation notices to their constituents.
The need for blood is constant. Blood is traditionally in short supply during the winter months due to the holidays, travel schedules, inclement weather and illness. Hospital use of blood products remains high—due to surgeries, emergencies and care of cancer patients. About one in seven people entering a hospital needs blood.
NYBC takes very seriously its responsibility to provide a safe, adequate and reliable blood supply for the 20 million people of New York City, Long Island, the Hudson Valley, and New Jersey. By donating blood this week, organizations and individuals can help us maintain a safe, reliable and adequate blood supply throughout the winter season.
To donate blood, call 1-800-933-2566 or visit www.nybloodcenter.org.
Any company, community organization, place of worship, or individual may host a blood drive. NYBC also offers special community service scholarships for students who organize community blood drives during the winter holiday and summer periods.
Blood donors receive free mini-medical exams on site including information about their temperature, pulse rate, blood pressure and hemoglobin level. Eligible donors include those people at least age 16 (with parental permission or consent), who weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, are in good health and meet all Food & Drug Administration and NY or NJ State Department of Health donor criteria. People age 76 and over may donate with a doctor’s note.
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