CLARK — The Deutscher Club is hosting a blood drive on Saturday, March 16 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. All donors will receive a $10 ShopRite Gift card and a continental breakfast or light German lunch. The Deutscher Club is located at 787 Featherbed Lane in Clark.
New Jersey faces continuing shortages of blood donations and must import up to 30 percent of their blood supply from other states. This winter has been the most severe cold and flu season in recent memory. Emergency rooms were overcrowd, schools closed and companies requested employees with cold or flu symptoms to stay home until their symptoms were gone. Many schools and companies that scheduled blood drives were forced to cancel because of this cold and flu season or severe winter weather. Now, area hospitals are experiencing a severe shortage.
Blood center officials note that each unit of blood donated is broken down into several components including platelets, plasma, and red cells so one donation can save up to three lives. The donation process is safe and simple. Donors are first asked medical history questions and given a mini-health check, including pulse, blood pressure, and iron level. The actual donation of blood takes just 5 to 7 minutes. The entire process generally takes under one hour. Donors will receive a free cholesterol screening directly from the Blood Center of New Jersey.
Donors can be as young as 16 years old with parental permission, weight 120 pounds and be in general good health. There is no upper age limit for donors provided they meet health requirements. Donors should bring a signed or picture form of identification. People with a fever or sore throat should wait until they are feeling better before donating, and there is a 24-hour deferral for teeth cleanings and fillings.
For more information or to sign up for this blood drive, call the blood center at 1-800-652-5663, ext. 155.
The Blood Center of New Jersey is an independent, non-profit organization supplying blood and blood components to hospitals in eight counties in northern and central New Jersey. All blood is collected, tested, processed and distributed in New Jersey.
The Deutscher Club of Clark is a family based non-profit organization that has been sponsoring blood drives through the Blood Center of New Jersey for over 55 consecutive years.