SOUTH PLAINFIELD — NJ Blood Services will hold a special needs blood drive sponsored by the South Plainfield Business Association for South Plainfield resident Jerry Bartolotti, who after a serious injury, received 120 units of blood.
Each donor will receive two NJ Nets tickets to recognize their blood donation. The blood drive is being held Saturday, Dec. 11 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the South Plainfield Senior Center, 90 Maple Avenue in South Plainfield.
NJ Blood Services is appealing to the public to take a few minutes from the holiday shuffle to donate blood. This is the time of year when blood supplies diminish while hospital and patient needs remain the same.
According to New Jersey Blood Services, which supplies blood products and services to hospitals throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania, traditionally the season of giving does not always including giving “the gift of life.”
“When you consider that every three seconds, someone in this country needs blood, you can better understand the urgency of our need,” noted NJBS Executive Director Charles Grossenbacher. “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.”
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.
“Nationwide, 60% of the population is eligible to donate blood, yet only 2% actually give,” he added. “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 with parental consent, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, and be in generally good health. Donors must present photo or signed ID. Persons over 75 years of age can continue to donate with their physician’s note.
To make an appointment to donate blood, or persons with questions of medical eligibility should call 1-800-933-BLOOD (2566).
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