All Blood Drive Donors to Receive $10 Amazon Gift Card

FREEHOLD, NJ — To help reduce the shortfall of blood donations that typically hits during summer vacation time, Monmouth County will hold its annual blood drive on Wednesday, July 31.

The county’s Board of Freeholders has partnered with Vitalant, formerly Community Blood Services, for the drive, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the county’s agricultural building, located at 4000 Kozloski Road, Freehold

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As a way to encourage donations, Vitalant is offering $10 Amazon gift cards to all donors participating in the blood drive. High school students ages 16 to 19 who donate blood will receive an additional $10 Amazon gift card, which will be mailed, and be entered into a raffle for an Apple watch. Parents must sign for 16-year-old donors at the event.

In addition, any male donors who are AB blood types will receive a $15 Walmart gift card for blood plasma donations only.

“Not enough people donate blood to meet the needs of our local hospital patients,” said Freeholder Susan M. Kiley, liaison to the Monmouth County Health Department. “The county is proud to partner with Vitalant in order to help keep blood supplies at a safe level.”

The blood collected will help supply area hospitals, including Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank and Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel.

Vitalant reminds donors that they must eat before donating. Donors must also be healthy and weigh at least 110 pounds. All equipment is sterile and disposable. Donors are able to give blood every eight weeks.

Appointments are encouraged, but not necessary for the drive.  To make an appointment, click here.

Vitalant, one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit community blood service providers, supplies comprehensive transfusion medicine services to nearly 1,000 hospitals and health care partners for patients in need across 40 states. For more information about Vitalant, visit its website.

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