NEW BRUNSWICK – Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and the New Brunswick Affiliated Hospitals Blood Center will hold a blood drive this week in remembrance of the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
Eligible individuals may donate blood on Thursday, Sept. 8, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., in the Arline and Henry Schwartzman Courtyard, located at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, 1 Robert Wood Johnson Place.
According to the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, blood donations are in need. An estimated 60 percent of New Jersey residents are eligible to donate blood, but only 3.6 percent donate on a regular basis. Recent blood drives were canceled because of Hurricane Irene, limiting the blood supply for hospitals and other health care facilities. The state is encouraging new and past donors to give blood.
To participate in the Sept. 8 blood drive, call 1-732-235-8100, ext. 244. Walk-ins also are welcome.
To become a donor, you must be at least 17 years of age, in general good health and weigh at least 110 pounds. Most prescription medications are acceptable, but call ahead before donation to qualify any medications you currently are taking.
When donating blood, bring signature or photo identification. Eat your regular meal before donating and be sure to stay well hydrated.
Refreshments will be provided and all donors will receive a commemorative pin and t-shirt.
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