NEW JERSEY — As summer winds down, the American Red Cross urges individuals to give blood and platelets now and help end an emergency summer blood shortage that began last month.

A critical need remains as many regular donors delay giving to take final summer vacations and prepare for school to start. To ensure lifesaving treatments remain available for patients in the coming weeks, donations are needed now, especially type O.

In thanks for helping at this urgent time, all those who come to donate blood or platelets July 30 through Aug. 30, 2018, will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email. (Restrictions apply; see amazon.com/gc-legal. More information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Together.)

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Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to give again. Blood can be safely given every 56 days, and Power Red donations can be given every 16 weeks.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Aug. 16-31 in New Jersey:

NORTH NEW JERSEY

Bergen

Fair Lawn

8/20/2018: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Maurice M. Pine Public Library, 10-01 Fair Lawn Ave.

River Edge

8/17/2018: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., First Congregational Church of River Edge, 109 Continental Ave.

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Essex

Maplewood

8/20/2018: 2:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., The Woodland, 60 Woodland Road

Montclair

8/23/2018: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Central Presbyterian Church, 46 Park St.

Newark

8/17/2018: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., Vince Lombardi Community Center, 201 Bloomfield Ave.

Nutley

8/21/2018: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., Nutley Masonic Lodge No. 25, 175 Chestnut St.

Upper Montclair

8/27/2018: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Montclair State University, Student Center, 1 Normal Ave.

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Hudson

Jersey City

8/27/2018: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Christ Hospital, 176 Palisade Ave.

8/29/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Office Building at 101 Hudson St.

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Morris

Boonton

8/31/2018: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Jam-e-Masjid Islamic Center of Boonton, 110 Harrison St.

Cedar Knolls

8/27/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Patriots Path Headquarters, 1 Saddle Road

Madison

8/21/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Madison Volunteer Ambulance Squad, 29 Prospect St.

Montville

8/31/2018: 5 p.m. - 9 p.m., Montville Township Senior House, 356 Route 202

Parsippany

8/26/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., BAPS Center, 3 Entin Road

Pequannock

8/21/2018: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., American Legion Post No. 450, 11 Oak Ave.

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Passaic

Wayne

9/7/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Wayne Public Library, 461 Valley Road

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Sussex

Sparta

8/28/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Sparta Athletic Club, 115 Sparta Ave.

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Warren

 

Hackettstown

8/20/2018: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., Gold's Gym, 2045 Route 57