(Jan. 7, 2019) — The American Red Cross encourages people to help meet the urgent need for blood and platelets by resolving to give blood this January – National Blood Donor Month.

The critical role of blood and platelet donors has been celebrated each January for nearly 50 years during National Blood Donor Month, which coincides with one of the most difficult times to maintain a sufficient blood supply for patients. Busy holiday schedules, extreme winter weather and seasonal illnesses often impact donor turnout this time of year. 

Donating blood or platelets is a way to make a lifesaving impact in the new year for patients like Judy Janssen, who was diagnosed with end-stage autoimmune liver disease in 2016. Janssen received frequent blood transfusions – sometimes multiple times a week – until she underwent a liver transplant last January.

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“Blood donors make a really big difference with very little effort,” said Janssen, who received dozens of transfusions before and during her transplant surgery. “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for blood donations.”

Make an appointment to donate blood or platelets by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Another way to help keep the blood supply strong in the new year is to host a Red Cross blood drive. To learn more about hosting a blood drive and to sign up, visit RedCrossBlood.org/HostADrive

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Jan. 7-31 in New Jersey:

NORTHERN NEW JERSEY

American Red Cross Blood Donation Center

Northern New Jersey Donor Center

209 Fairfield Road, Fairfield

Tuesday: 12:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Saturday: (1st and 3rd of each month) 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Bergen

Fair Lawn

1/8/2019: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., Maurice M. Pine Public Library, 10-01 Fair Lawn Ave.

Rochelle Park

1/23/2019: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., Rochelle Park American Legion Post No. 170, 33 W. Passaic St.

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Essex

Montclair

1/10/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Central Presbyterian Church, 46 Park St.

Nutley

1/15/2019: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., Nutley Masonic Lodge No. 25, 175 Chestnut St.

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Hudson

Hoboken

1/12/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saint Francis Parish Center, 308 Jefferson St.

North Bergen

1/27/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Walgreens, 7401 River Road

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Morris

Chester

1/10/2019: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., Chester Volunteer Fire Company, 86 Main St.

Madison

1/15/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Madison Volunteer Ambulance Squad, 29 Prospect St.

Morris Plains

1/12/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., St. Virgil Parish, 250 Speedwell Ave.

Morristown

1/17/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Headquarters Plaza, 37 Headquarters Plaza

1/26/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Center for Spiritual Living Morristown, 331 Mount Kemble Ave.

Randolph

1/12/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., RTSP: Range, Firearms and Training, 961 Route 10

Succasunna

1/16/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Roxbury Public Library, 103 Main St.

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Sussex

Stanhope

1/12/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., American Legion Post No. 278, 119 Route 183

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CENTRAL NEW JERSEY

American Red Cross Blood Donation Center

Central New Jersey Donor Center

707 Alexander Road, Suite 701, Princeton Township

Tuesday-Wednesday: 11:45 a.m.-7:45 p.m. (whole blood & platelet pheresis)

Friday - Sunday: 7:15 a.m.-3:15 p.m. (whole blood & platelet pheresis)

Hunterdon

Flemington

1/18/2019: 2:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Flemington Moose Lodge No. 1829, 81 Barley Sheaf Road

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Mercer

East Windsor

1/23/2019: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Gold's Gym, 761 Route 33 W., Building B, Suite 201

Ewing

1/21/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., PEAC Health and Fitness, 1440 Lower Ferry Road

West Windsor

1/31/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road

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Middlesex

Edison

1/13/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Heritage at Clara Barton, 1015 Amboy Ave.

Metuchen

1/30/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Metuchen Library, 480 Middlesex Ave.

Old Bridge

1/26/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 96 Throckmorton Lane

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Monmouth

Manasquan

1/21/2019: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., South Wall Fire Department, 2605 Atlantic Ave.

Middletown

1/18/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Middletown Township Public Library, 55 New Monmouth Road

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Ocean

Barnegat

1/31/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Barnegat Branch Library, 112 Burr St.

Bayville

1/29/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Berkeley Branch Library, 30 Station Road

Brick

1/16/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Brick Branch Library, 301 Chambers Bridge Road

1/31/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Paul Mitchell: The School, 712 Route 70

Lanoka Harbor

1/20/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Lanoka Harbor Volunteer Fire Company, 2 Warren Ave.

Little Egg Harbor

1/30/2019: 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., Little Egg Harbor Library, 290 Mathistown Road

Manahawkin

1/8/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Manahawkin United Methodist Church, 116 Stafford Ave.

 

Toms River

1/10/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Ocean County Library, 101 Washington St.

1/16/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., The Days Hotel by Wyndham, 290 Route 37 E.

1/19/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1500 Hooper Ave.

Waretown

1/8/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Waretown United Methodist Church, 27 Bryant Road

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Somerset

Raritan

1/17/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 920 Route 202 S.

1/20/2019: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Catholic Church of St. Ann, 45 Anderson St.

Warren

1/13/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Temple Har Shalom, 104 Mount Horeb Road

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Union

Clark

1/13/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Clark Volunteer Emergency Squad, 875 Raritan Road

Cranford

1/11/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Calvary Tabernacle, 69 Myrtle St.

Elizabeth

1/22/2019: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Frank J Cicarell Academy, 40 Morrell St.

Summit

1/21/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Christ Church, 561 Springfield Ave.

Westfield

1/27/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., The Presbyterian Church, 140 Mountain Ave.

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SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY

American Red Cross Blood Donation Centers

Camden County Donor Center

5425 Marlton Pike, Pennsauken

Monday - Wednesday: 11:45 a.m. – 7:45 p.m. (whole blood & platelet pheresis)

Thursday - Sunday: 7:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. (platelet pheresis)

Pleasantville Blood Donation Center

850 N. Franklin Ave., Pleasantville

Tuesday:  9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Thursday:  12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Saturday:  7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

 

Atlantic

Absecon

1/28/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic Church, 591 New Jersey Ave.

Atlantic City

1/15/2019: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., Resorts Hotel Casino, 1133 Boardwalk

Dorothy

1/17/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Weymouth Township Building, 45 S. New Jersey Ave.

Egg Harbor City

1/14/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 312 Philadelphia Ave.

Egg Harbor Township

1/27/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Atlanticare Life Center, 2500 English Creek Ave.

Hammonton

1/12/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Victory Bible Church, 816 S. Egg Harbor Road

1/22/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Hammonton Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare, 43 White Horse Pike

1/23/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. Anthony's of Padua, 285 Route 206

Mays Landing

1/9/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Hamilton Mall, 4403 Black Horse Pike

1/17/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Atlantic County Library, 40 Farragut Ave.

Somers Point

1/7/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Chartertech High School for the Performing Arts, 413 New Road

1/31/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Lifegate Church, 223 Doran Ave.

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Burlington

Bordentown

1/14/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Bordentown Elks Lodge No. 2085, 11 Amboy Road

1/29/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Rutgers EcoComplex, 1200 Florence-Columbus Road

Browns Mills

1/15/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Browns Mills United Methodist Church, 2 Pemberton-Browns Mills Road

Burlington

1/5/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Wesley AME Zion Church, 204 Sunset Road

Cinnaminson

1/13/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Temple Sinai, 2101 New Albany Road

Cookstown

1/15/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., VFW Post No. 6590, 22 Wrightstown-Cookstown Road

Delran

1/15/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Calvary Church, 317 Conrow Road

1/15/2019: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 32 Conrow Road

Edgewater Park

1/9/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Beverly Presbyterian Church, 121 E. Warren St.

Hainesport

1/30/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 910 Marne Highway

Jobstown

1/12/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Springfield Municipal Building, 2159 Jacksonville-Jobstown Road

Lumberton

1/7/2019: 3:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Lumberton Middle School, 30 Dimsdale Drive

Marlton

1/14/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Christ Presbyterian Church, 515 E. Main St.

1/18/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Samaritan Healthcare and Hospice, 5 Eves Drive, Suite 300

1/19/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Cherokee High School, 120 Tomlinson Mill Road

1/21/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Joan of Arc Church, 100 Willow Bend Road

Medford

1/10/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Medford United Methodist Church, 2 Hartford Road

1/23/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Medford Memorial School, 55 Mill St.

Moorestown

1/21/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Moorestown Community House, 16 E. Main St.

1/25/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 318 Chester Ave.

Mount Holly

1/7/2019: 6 a.m. - 4 p.m., Virtua Health, 175 Madison Ave.

1/26/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 125 Garden St.

Mount Laurel

1/11/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Rowan College at Burlington County, Laurel Hall, 3331 Route 38

1/13/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Adath Emanu-El, 205 Elbo Lane

1/19/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Mount Laurel EMS, 201 Masonville Road

1/25/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Rowan College at Burlington County, Laurel Hall, 3331 Route 38

1/30/2019: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Virtua Patient Accounting and VMG Billing, 2000 Crawford Place

 

Riverton

1/18/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Riverton Health and Fitness Center, 600 Main St., Suite 9

 

Tabernacle

1/29/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 1 Winchester Court

 

Willingboro

1/8/2019: 2:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Willingboro Public Library, 220 Willingboro Parkway

1/16/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County, 218 Sunset Road

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Camden

Audubon

1/21/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Chick-Fil-A, 110 Black Horse Pike

1/24/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Logan Memorial Presbyterian Church, 18 W. Merchant St.

 

Bellmawr

1/27/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., St. Joachim's Parish, 601 W. Browning Road

 

Berlin

1/11/2019: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., St. Simon Stock Parish, 178 W. White Horse Pike

 

Camden

1/16/2019: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, 1565 Vesper Blvd.

1/21/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., St. Bartholomew Church, 751 Kaighns Ave.

Cherry Hill

1/7/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 1301 Springdale Road

1/21/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Christ Our Light, 402 N. Kings Highway

1/22/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Brookfield Academy, 1009 Berlin Road

1/25/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Lourdes Care, 1 Brace Road

Clementon

1/11/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Cherrywood Apartments, 1200 Little Gloucester Road

Haddon Heights

1/15/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Lourdes Medical Associates, 500 Grove St.

Lindenwold

1/18/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Lindenwold Moose Lodge No. 548, 2425 S. White Horse Pike

Oaklyn

1/26/2019: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Oaklyn Public School, 136 Kendall Blvd.

Pennsauken

1/24/2019: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Pennsauken Country Club, 3800 Haddonfield Road

Sicklerville

1/12/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Sicklerville United Methodist Church, 406 Church Road

Turnersville

1/9/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Honda of Turnersville, 3400 Route 42

 

Voorhees

1/25/2019: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m., Virtua Health, 100 Bowman Drive

Westmont

1/9/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Westmont Fire Department, 120 Haddon Ave.

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Cape May

Cape May

1/24/2019: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Borough Hall of West Cape May, 732 Broadway St.

 

Cape May Court House

1/15/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., First Baptist Church of Cape May, 101 S. Main St.

1/23/2019: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m., Cape Regional Medical Center, 2 Stone Harbor Blvd.

 

Marmora

1/22/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Second Cape May Baptist Church, 600 S. Shore Road

1/28/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Church of the Resurrection, 200 W. Tuckahoe Road

 

North Cape May

1/8/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., North Cape Center, 700 Townbank Road

 

Rio Grande

1/20/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Lowe's Home Improvement, 3171 Route 9 S.

 

Sea Isle City

1/24/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Sea Isle United Methodist Church, 4102 Central Ave.

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Cumberland

 

Millville

1/28/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Genesis Healthcare, 54 Sharp St.

1/28/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Millville Elks Lodge No. 580, 1815 E. Broad St.

 

Vineland

1/8/2019: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Ramada Inn, 2216 W. Landis Ave.

1/14/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Moose Lodge No. 434, 187 W. Wheat Road

1/17/2019: 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Vineland City Hall, Council Chambers, 640 E. Wood St.

1/28/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Calvary Chapel of Vineland, 4630 Mays Landing Road

1/29/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Inspira Medical Center, 1505 W. Sherman Ave.

1/31/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Vineland Developmental Center, 1676 E. Landis Ave.

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Gloucester

 

Glassboro

1/21/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Church of St. Bridget, 125 Church St.

 

Mullica Hill

1/11/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Robert W. Mills American Legion Post No. 452, 141 N. Main St.

 

Pitman

1/25/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Pitman United Methodist Church, 758 N. Broadway

 

Sewell

1/9/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Virtua Health, 239 Hurffville Crosskeys Road

1/22/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., McGuinness Community Care, 573 Egg Harbor Road

1/28/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., ManorCare Health Services, 378 Fries Mill Road

1/28/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Fellowship Bible Church, 590 Jackson Road

 

Swedesboro

1/8/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. Clare's Parish, 140 Broad St.

 

Williamstown

1/17/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Free Public Library of Monroe Township, 713 Marsha Ave.

1/22/2019: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., Williamstown Seventh Day Adventist Church, 946 N. Main St.

 

Woodbury

1/31/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church, 62 Delaware St.

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Salem

 

Elmer

1/28/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Inspira Medical Center, 501 W. Front St.

 

Woodstown

1/22/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Woodstown Presbyterian Church, 46 Auburn St.

1/29/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Friends Village, John Fenwick Commons, 1 Friends Drive

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How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

 

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

 

Volunteers needed

Another way to support the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross is to become a volunteer transportation specialist and deliver lifesaving blood products to local area hospitals. Volunteer transportation specialists play a very important role in ensuring an ample blood supply for patients in need by transporting blood and blood products. For more information and to apply for a volunteer transportation specialist position, contact <insert local contact information> or visit rdcrss.org/driver.

 

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit RedCross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.