WARREN, NJ - The Warren Township Police Department, in conjunction with RWJ University Hospital-Somerset, hosted a community blood drive on Wednesday, May 20, at the Town Hall.
The Warren blood drive has the potential to save more than 80 lives. Each blood donation can save three lives.
Anthony V. Cava, MS, RPH, FACHE, Chief Administrative Officer at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, was on hand to kick off the blood drive.
Organized by Det. Sgt. Ron Roselli, Chief William Keane, Sgt. Matthew Saum, Mayor Mick Marion, his wife Sheila Marion, and Deputy Mayor George Lazo all donated in the first hour. Keane’s daughter Lauren is a nurse at RWJ-Somerset, which is how the idea to have the drive originated, Roselli said.
Social distancing and additional disinfecting guidelines were observed and donors received free T-shirts and gift cards from local restaurants, courtesy of Warren Township Policeman’s Benevolent Association 235.
Blood Donation facts from RWJ:
You Can Help!
The need for blood is increasing much faster than the number of donors. Your donation of blood can minimize these shortages and help save the life of someone in need. Blood donors may donate for general, replacement, autologous or designated use.
Who Can Donate
- Be at least 16 years old (Important Information for 16-Year-Old Donors)
- Weigh at least 110 pounds (120 pounds if 16 years old)
- Present photo identification
You may not donate if you:
- Have a history of viral hepatitis at age 11 or older
- Are recovering from an infectious illness
- Are in a high risk group (such as individuals with HIV or AIDS)
- Spent a total of three months or more in the United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, or the Channel Islands) between 1980 and 1996
For more specific details on who may donate, contact the Blood Donor Program at 908-685-2926.
There is no danger in donating blood, as sterile, disposable equipment is always used.
- One pint of donated blood can help save THREE lives.
- In the U.S., approximately 43,000 pints of blood are transfused each day.
- All donated blood is tested for HIV, hepatitis B and C, syphilis and other infectious diseases.
- Blood donation is a four-step process: registration, medical history and mini history, donation and refreshments.
- A healthy blood donor may donate blood every 56 days.
- The most common blood type requested is Type O.
- Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
- Each year, more than 4.5 million lives are saved by blood transfusions.
- About one in five people admitted to the hospital will need blood.
- Sixty percent of New Jersey residents are eligible to donate blood, yet only 3.6 percent donate on a routine basis.
- Cancer patients, trauma patients and those undergoing open-heart surgery require platelet transfusions to survive.
- Blood is made up of more than 200 known substances, but its four main components are: red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and plasma.
- Donating blood is a safe process. A sterile needle is used only once for each donor and then discarded.
- The actual blood donation typically takes less than 10-12 minutes.
- The entire process takes about an hour.
- The average adult has about 10 to 12 pints of blood in his or her body.
- Roughly one pint is given during a donation.
- To donate blood, you must be at least 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 lb and be in good health (16-year-olds may donate with written parental consent and weigh at least 120 lb).
- The average blood donor gives about twice a year.
Check back for more on this and additional blood drives.
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