NJ Blood Services To Partner With Somerset Patriots For Blood Drive

BRIDGEWATER — New Jersey Blood Services (NJBS), a division of New York Blood Center (NYBC), will partner with the Somerset Patriots to hold a blood drive at TD Bank Ballpark on Saturday, Aug. 25 from 1 to 7 p.m. in the Red Parking Lot. The blood drive will be in memory of Elsie White, grandmother of Patriots Senior Account Executive/Community Relations Manager Brian Cahill, who passed away from leukemia.

Fans will be able to donate blood at the bus mobile parked in the handicap section of the lot. Walk up donors are welcome and as a special thank you, all fans who donate blood will receive a ticket to a future 2012 Somerset Patriots game.

“The Somerset Patriots are excited to partner with New Jersey Blood Services for the second straight season to host such an important event in Elsie White’s honor,” said Patrick McVerry, president/general manager of the Somerset Patriots. “During the summer months it is even more important to help New Jersey Blood Services replenish their supply of blood so that they can continue to provide such an important service to our community.”

While walk-ups are welcome, fans are also able to pre-register for the blood drive by calling 1-800-933-BLOOD.After the blood drive, the Patriots will take on the York Revolution at 7:05 pm followed by a post-game fireworks show presented by Nissan North America.

At this time, NJBS is seeking donors with O-negative blood, who are known as “universal donors” because their blood can be transfused to any other blood type. A single whole blood donation, which can be made every 56 days, may help save as many as three lives.

Eligible donors include those people at least 16 years old (with parental consent), who weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and are in good health. People age 76 and over may donate with a doctor’s note.

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