NEW BRUNSWICK — NJ Blood Services (NJBS), a division of The New York Blood Center (NYBC), and Rutgers University (RU), will once again partner for the annual campus wide blood drive in an attempt to break a previous record of 874 pints, and the highest number of single-day blood donations on a New Jersey college campus.
Students, faculty, alumni and community residents are being urged to roll up their sleeves and donate on Tuesday, February 14th from 3 to 9pm, at one of several campus locations, including the College Avenue Recreation Center, Sonny Werblin Recreation Center on the Busch Campus, the Livingston Recreation Center and the Cook/Douglas Gym.
Tagged as a “Pint for a Pint” blood drive, the first 200 donors at each site will receive a “RU pint glass,” and all donors will receive Thomas Sweets ice cream after they donate. In addition, a $2.00 donation will be made for each pint of blood collected to Rutgers Against Hunger (RAH).
“Rutgers University has always been significant in donating to our blood supply,” said NJBS Director of Recruitment & Donor Retention Marie Forrestal. “We commend their efforts in supporting our need for blood and urge residents of the nearby communities to join them and donate at one of the campus locations on February 14th.”
New Jersey Blood Services, which supplies blood products and services to 60 hospitals throughout the state, says that the need for blood has increased beyond expectations.
“Every day in the U.S. approximately 39,000 units of blood are required in hospitals and emergency treatment facilities to treat patients with cancer and other diseases, to support organ transplant recipients and accident and trauma victims,” noted Forrestal. “Everyone has an obligation to donate blood, at least once a year and Rutgers University is certainly doings its part to meet the need.”
Eligible donors should be 17 years of age, or 16 with parental permission, show photo or signed ID, weigh 110 pounds, and be in good health. Persons with questions of medical eligibility should call 1-800-BLOOD (2566) or log onto the website at www.nybloodcenter.org
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