Blood donation opportunities June 16-July 9

Every day this summer, there are thousands of patients relying on lifesaving blood donations.

That’s why the American Red Cross is urging new and current donors to roll up a sleeve to help sustain a sufficient blood supply.

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood this summer for hospital patients in need and offers three easy steps people can take to help save lives. 
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> Schedule – Use the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment.
> Prepare – Get a good night’s sleep, eat a nutritious meal and drink extra fluids.
> Give – The donation process start to finish takes about an hour. The actual donation only takes about 10 minutes.
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> Only about 3 percent of the U.S. population gives blood, which means a heavy reliance on repeat donors to maintain a sufficient blood supply.

New blood donors are especially needed during the summer months because many schools where blood drives are held – and where new donors give – are not in session, and current donors often delay giving due to summer vacations.  
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> Patients like Anna Schuster might not be here without generous volunteer blood donors.

Doctors gave Schuster a 1 percent chance of survival after a collision with a semitrailer.

During the first 12 hours after her accident, she received 65 units of blood.

Schuster’s road to recovery has been long – 58 surgeries in the 12 years since her accident, including four in the past 14 months, with many of them requiring more blood transfusions.
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> Every day there are thousands of patients like Schuster who rely on lifesaving blood donations. That’s why donors are urged to give now and give often.
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> In June, the Red Cross joins blood collection agencies around the world marking World Blood Donor Day by raising awareness about the need for a readily available blood supply.

Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Donors can make an even greater impact by inviting others to join them in giving.
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> Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
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> American Red Cross Blood Donation Center
> Central New Jersey Donor Center
> 707 Alexander Road, Suite 701, Princeton Township
> Tuesday: 11:45 a.m.-7 p.m. (whole blood & platelet pheresis)
> Friday – Sunday: 7:15 a.m.-3 p.m. (whole blood & platelet pheresis)
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> Hunterdon
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> Flemington
> 7/1/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Hunterdon County YMCA, 144 W. Woodschurch Road
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> Mercer
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> Pennington
> 6/24/2017: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., St. James Church, 17 Eglantine Ave.
> 7/7/2017: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m., Capital Health Medical Center-Hopewell, One Capital Way
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> Princeton
> 7/5/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Princeton University, Friend Center, Olden and Williams streets
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> Robbinsville
> 6/28/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., NorthStar VETS, 315 Robbinsville-Allentown Road
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> Hudson
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> Bayonne
> 6/24/2017: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Catholic War Veterans Post No. 1612, 18 W. 23rd St.
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> Jersey City
> 6/29/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Avalon Cove, 444 Washington Blvd.
> 7/9/2017: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Our Lady of Mercy Church, 40 Sullivan Drive
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> North Bergen
> 6/25/2017: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., BAPS Organization, 2000 Tonnelle Ave.
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> Middlesex
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> East Brunswick
> 6/18/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Korean Calvary United Methodist Church, Community Building, 572 Ryders Lane
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> Edison
> 6/24/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., St. James Episcopal Church, 2136 Woodbridge Ave.
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> Iselin
> 7/2/2017: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Dunkin Donuts, 801 Green St.
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> Plainsboro
> 6/16/2017: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro, 1 Plainsboro Road
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> Monmouth
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> Tinton Falls
> 6/30/2017: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 1540 W. Park Ave.
> 7/6/2017: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 1540 W. Park Ave.
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> Ocean
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> Lakewood
> 7/5/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Legion Post No. 166, 1256 River Ave.
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> Manahawkin
> 6/22/2017: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Manahawkin United Methodist Church, 116 Stafford Ave.
> 6/30/2017: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Moose Lodge No. 1575, 120 Route 72
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> Seaside Heights
> 6/26/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Moose Lodge No. 399, 1801 Bay Blvd.
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> Toms River
> 6/20/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Ocean County Library, 101 Washington St.
> 6/21/2017: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., YMCA, 1088 Whitty Road
> 6/21/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., The Days Hotel by Wyndham, 290 Route 37 E.
> 7/3/2017: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Ocean County Library, 101 Washington St.
> 7/5/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., The Days Hotel by Wyndham, 290 Route 37 E.
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> Somerset
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> Basking Ridge
> 7/2/2017: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., St. James Roman Catholic Church, 184 S. Finley Ave.
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> Hillsborough
> 6/25/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Hillsborough Reformed Church, 1 Amwell Road
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> Skillman
> 7/6/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Johnson & Johnson-North, 199 Grandview Ave.
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> Union
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> Elizabeth
> 6/21/2017: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Hilton Newark Airport, 1170 Spring St.
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> Roselle
> 7/3/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Chestnut Street Community Church, 303 Chestnut St.
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> Summit
> 6/19/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Red Cross, 695 Springfield Ave.
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> How to help
> Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information.

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.

Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.

High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
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> Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive.

To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
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> Volunteers needed
> Another way to support the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross is to become a volunteer transportation specialist and deliver lifesaving blood products to local area hospitals.

Volunteer transportation specialists play a very important role in ensuring an ample blood supply for patients in need by transporting blood and blood products.

For more information and to apply for a volunteer transportation specialist position, contact contact Nancy Tobin at 215-451-4229 or nancy.tobin@redcross.org or visit rdcrss.org/driver.
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