NEW BRUNSWICK — While retailers will be anticipating that sales bring them into the black the day after Thanksgiving, NJ Blood Services (NJBS), a division of the NY Blood Center (NYBC), will be looking for donors to add red to the pre-holiday blood supply.
At the NJBS donor room at 167 New Street in New Brunswick, donors will celebrate “Red Friday” by giving thanks and giving “the gift of life”. In return, NJBS will say thanks, by offering refreshments throughout the day, and giving each donor a special gift.
“Traditionally blood collections drop during the holiday season and patients in our area hospitals rely heavily on blood collected in other states to make up for the lack of adequate donations right here in New Jersey,” noted Executive Director and Vice President of NJBS, Charles Grossenbacher.
He said that 70,000 units of blood have to be imported into the state from other U.S. blood centers just to meet local hospital patients’ needs, and that currently there is a shortage of O Negative and B Negative blood types.
“When you consider that every three seconds, someone in this country needs blood, you can better understand the urgency of our need,” Grossenbacher said, adding, “Nationwide, 60% of the population is eligible to donate blood, yet only 2% actually give. During this season of giving, everyone has an obligation to donate blood and give the gift of life.” Qualified donors should be 17 years of age, or 16 years with parental consent. Donors must present a photo or signed ID and be in generally good health. Persons over 75 years of age can donate with a note from their doctor.
“Red Friday” will take place Nov. 26 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Park in the New Street garage across from NJBS and staff will validate your ticket. Drop in, or make an appointment by contacting Kiya at 1-732-220-7066.
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