The serious, nationwide blood shortage continues, and Vitalant (formerly Community Blood Services) is responding by offering residents of central New Jersey multiple opportunities to potentially help relatives, friends and neighbors by donating during September.

Specifically, the nonprofit, blood collection organization has scheduled nine open-to-the-public donation events throughout the area. Click to view details.

Vitalant also maintains four New Jersey blood centers, with locations and hours as follows:

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  • Lincoln Park, 63 Beaverbrook Road, Suite 304 – Tuesday, 1 to 9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; first and third Saturday of every month, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Montvale, 102 Chestnut Ridge Road – Wednesday, noon to 8 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Paramus, 1 West Ridgewood Avenue, Suite 208 – Monday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 1 to 9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Parsippany, 1259 Route 46 East, Building #4E, Suite 410 – Thursday, 1 to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Healthy individuals age 16 or older, who weigh at least 110 pounds, may donate blood; Sixteen- and 17-year-olds must have proof of birth date and signed consent forms, either in English or Spanish. Donors should eat a moderate meal prior to donating, and also bring identification featuring their signature.

On occasion, last-minute changes to scheduling for a donation event will occur. As a result, it is recommended that anyone planning to donate blood at a Vitalant donation event call tollfree 201-251-3703 to confirm timing and location details. Additional information about donating blood is also available by visiting www.vitalant.org.