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Be Someone's Holiday Hero: Donate Blood in Your Community

New Jersey Blood Services notes that the need for blood donations is constant, especially for Type-O negative.

While many are more inclined to give to those in need during the holiday season, New Jersey Blood Services would like to remind community members that the need for blood is constant, especially if you happen to be type O-negative. 

People who have this blood type are known as universal donors and the need for type O-negative donations is immediate. The NJBS is hoping to reach its goal of having a full five to seven day supply of all blood types with the help of community drives and donations.

About 1 in 7 people who enter a hospital will need a blood donation; this includes surgery and ER patients as well as those being treated for cancer. NJBS, a division of the New York Blood Center notes that eligible donors are those that are at least 16 years of age (with parental consent) who are at least 110 pounds, are in good health and meet all Food & Drug Administration and NY or NJ State Department of Health donor criteria. People over 75 may donate with a doctor’s note.

Looking for opportunities to secure college scholarships while helping your community? NJBS wants to encourage students, teachers, and faculty to organize blood drives. NJBS and NYBC offer scholarships to those who organize successful blood drives. Any company, community organization, place of worship, or individual can host a blood drive. In fact, 600 middle and elementary schools have participated in the Little Doctor’s program blood drives.

Organizing a blood drive is a wonderful way to honor the memory of a loved one or cherished member of the community. NJBS notes that over the years, hundreds of blood drives have been dedicated to students, faculty, and community members. Below is a list of up anc coming blood drives in this area.

 

1/2/12       Scotch Plains Donor Center, 2279 South Ave, Scotch Plains 2:00 pm to 8:30 pm

1/3/12       Linden Public Library, 31 East Henry St, Linden 12:30 pm to 6:30 pm

1/4/12       Scotch Plains Donor Center, 2279 South Ave, Scotch Plains 11:00 am to5:30 pm

1/6/12       Scotch Plains Donor Center, 2279 South Ave, Scotch Plains 2:00 pm to 8:30 pm

1/7/12       Scotch Plains Donor Center, 2279 South Ave, Scotch Plains 7:30 am to 2:00 pm

1/9/12       Scotch Plains Donor Center, 2279 South Ave, Scotch Plains 2:00 pm to 8:30 pm

1/11/12    Scotch Plains Donor Center, 2279 South Ave, Scotch Plains 11:00 am to 5:30 pm

1/13/12    Scotch Plains Donor Center, 2279 South Ave, Scotch Plains 2:00 pm to 8:30 pm

1/14/12    Scotch Plains Donor Center, 2279 South Ave, Scotch Plains 7:30 am to 2:00 pm

1/9/12       Jonathan Dayton H.S., 139 Mountain Ave, Springfield 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

1/12/12    Roselle Catholic High School, 1 Raritan Road, Roselle 2:00 pm to 7:30 pm

1/6/12       Elizabeth Fire Headquarters, 411 Irvington Ave, Elizabeth 7:00 am to 1:00 pm

1/11/12    City of Elizabeth Employees, 50 Winfield Scott Plaza, Elizabeth 9:00 am to3:00 pm

1/14/12    Jersey Gardens Outlet Mall, 651 Kapkowski Road, Elizabeth 12:30 pm to 6:30 pm

1/15/12    Jersey Gardens Outlet Mall, 651 Kapkowski Road, Elizabeth 11:30 am to 5:30 pm

 

 

 

To donate blood, please call:

Toll Free:  1-800-933-BLOOD (2566)

Visit:  www.nybloodcenter.org

Or visit the organization on Facebook

 

Jeffrey King December 15, 2011 at 09:18 PM
Donating is easy. I do it on line all the time and in-person when I volunteer. My favorite organization to donate to is Nourishing USA. Check ‘em out, they’re amazing. Go to www.nourishingusa.org <a href=”http://www.nourishingusa.org”>Nourishing USA</a>

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