BORDENTOWN CITY, NJ -- The American Red Cross will be holding a blood drive in Bordentown City on Thursday, April 1 from 2pm to 7pm to help honor its founder's birthday. 

The blood drive will be taking place at a fitting location -- the Clara Barton Elementary School, located at 100 Crosswicks Street.

Barton is famous for founding the American Red Cross in 1881, but she was also an educator who had strong ties to Bordentown. In 1852, she established the first free public school in the state of New Jersey in Bordentown. Located in a small, one-room building on what is now East Burlington and Crosswicks Street in Bordentown City, the school originally served six students when it opened. According to the Bordentown Historical Society, Barton’s school program went on to educate over 600 children by the following year, who received lessons from teachers in different locations throughout the City.

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Barton, who was born in 1821, will be "celebrating" her 200th birthday this year. Help pay tribute to her by registering to donate blood in her memory.

Two types of donations can be give on on April 1. A "Power Red" donation collects the red cells but returns most of the plasma and platelets to the donor. These donors must meet specific eligibility requirements and have type A Neg, B Neg, or O blood. A "Blood" donation is the most common type of donation, during which approximately a pint of 'whole blood' is given. This type of blood donation usually takes about an hour.

To schedule your appointment, click HERE and type in "Clara Barton" for the Sponsor Code. Then choose your time and type of donation. 

The Red Cross is following FDA blood donation eligibility guidance for those who receive a COVID-19 vaccination, and deferral times may vary depending on the type of vaccine an individual receives. If you’ve received a COVID-19 vaccine, you’ll need to provide the manufacturer name when you come to donate. Upon vaccination, you should receive a card or printout indicating what COVID-19 vaccine was received, and we encourage you to bring that card with you to your next donation. In most cases, there is no deferral time for individuals who received a COVID-19 vaccine as long as they are symptom free and feeling well at the time of donation. All donors must wear a mask.

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