BRIDGEWATER – The Somerset Patriots baseball team along with New Jersey Blood Services (NJBS), a division of New York Blood Center (NYBC), are calling upon the community to donate blood in recognition of the firefighters who keep us safe in our communities.
During Firefighter Appreciation Night on Saturday, August 28 at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater, the Somerset Patriots will sponsor a blood drive from 2:00pm-7:00pm to thank area firefighters and community volunteers. A busmobile will be parked in the lot to the left of the front of the stadium and fans can donate before the 7:05pm start of the game. Donate blood and honor area firefighters who respond to the call of duty and give of themselves every day to help others. A single blood donation, which can be given every 56 days, can help save as many as three lives.
In particular, there is an on-going need for donors with O-negative blood, who are known as “universal donors” because their blood can be transfused into anyone. Type O-negative blood is found in just 6 percent of the population, but is used more often by patients with other blood types, especially in emergency rooms and trauma situations. It is also used in exchange transfusions for newborn babies and pregnant women, and for premature babies in intensive care units.
Every two seconds, someone needs blood, and one out of three people will need a lifesaving blood transfusion in his or her lifetime. New York Blood Center requires between 1,600 and 1,800 blood donations each day to meet the needs of regional hospitals.
NJBS thanks every individual blood donor and the wide variety of organizations that sponsor blood drives throughout the year, but especially during summer months when blood supplies are critically low in area hospitals.
Eligible donors should be 17 years of age, or 16 years with parental consent. Persons 76 years of age may donate with a note from their doctors stating they are in good health.
To make an appointment to donate blood, or persons with questions of medical eligibility: call 1-800-933-BLOOD (2566)
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