SPOTSWOOD, NJ - As the East Coast watches the path of Hurricane Florence, New Jersey Blood Services prepare to help out impacted areas if needed. However, sending blood south means the supply in the tri-state area would be tested.
"Cancer patients are the number one users of blood," explained New Jersey Blood Services Account Manager Lynne Ross. "Cancer doesn't care that there is a hurricane."
In order to assure there is a sufficient supply to help potential hurricane victims and area cancer patients, blood drives are being organized. September is also Pediatric Cancer Awareness month.
The Spotswood VFW Post 4589 will be hosting a Blood Drive on Monday, September 17 from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. Donors will receive a 10 percent off coupon to the Doughfather.
Donors should be between the ages of 17 and 75 and be in good physical health. A donor can be 16 years of age, but must have a parental consent form. Individuals 76 years of age and older can donate with a doctor's note. All donors should bring identification with a signature or a photo that includes a date of birth. Individuals with a donor card should bring the card.
Walk-ins are always welcome, but donors can also schedule appointments online or by telephoning 1-800-933-2566.
The donation process takes about sixty minutes. Donors should hydrate well the day before they are scheduled to give blood. It's helpful to snack on salty snacks the evening before as well as get a good night's sleep prior to donating. Eating a well-balanced breakfast the morning of the donation is recommended. Donors should also bring a bottle of water along and drink right before donating.
For additional information on the blood donation process, visit the New York Blood Center's website.
The Spotswood VFW is located on 33 Daniel Road in Spotswood.