Donate Blood To Give A “Gift With Meaning” This Holiday Season

STATE – The New York Blood Center (NYBC), parent company of New Jersey Blood Services, is encouraging people to donate life-saving blood in someone’s honor this holiday season – “free” gifts with meaning.

“Think about all the people in your life who’ve been in a car accident, or had surgery, or are dealing with cancer. They probably got a blood transfusion,” said NYBC Chief Medical Officer Beth Shaz, MD. “Especially at this busy time of year, we need to make sure that blood is always available for whomever needs it.”

Dr. Shaz noted the blood supply needs constant replenishment because it has a shelf life of as little as five days and that Type O-negative donors are especially prized because their blood can be transfused into anyone.

In the spirit of holiday giving, and mindful that a rough economy means many people have limited means to buy gifts, NYBC is offering three “free” gift ideas:

1. Donate blood in someone’s honor, and share your story on our Facebook page:

2. Encourage others to donate with a post on your own Facebook page.

3. Download and print one of four different holiday cards to honor someone with a blood donation. The cards are available at this link:

“Donating blood doesn’t take much time,” said Dr. Shaz. “It doesn’t cost a dime. And, by donating in someone’s honor, and sharing your motivation for donating, you’re providing a gift with real meaning.”

To schedule a blood donation or for information on how to organize a blood drive, call 1-800-933-2566 or visit

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, and are in good health.

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