CRANFORD, NJ - The Cranford Jaycees are sponsoring a blood drive to benefit the Cranford High-School Scholarship Fund. In order to raise $500, there needs to be 50 donors. The drive is Saturday, May 30, from 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., and is being held at the community center.

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New Jersey Blood Services, a division of the New York Blood Center (NYBC) calls upon the community to please donate blood today.  Blood drive cancellations, coupled with unusually high demands from regional hospitals, have impacted the blood supply.

In particular, there is an on-going need for donors with O-negative blood, who are known as “universal donors” because their blood can be transfused into anyone.  Type O-negative blood is found in just 6 percent of the population, but is used more often by patients with other blood types, especially in emergency rooms and trauma situations.  It is also used in exchange transfusions for newborn babies and pregnant women, and for premature babies in intensive care units.

The need for blood is constant. Hospital use of blood products remains high -- due to surgeries, emergencies and care of cancer patients.  About one in seven people entering a hospital needs blood.

Everyday in the U.S. approximately 39,000 units of blood are required in hospitals and emergency treatment facilities. Nationwide, 60% of the population is eligible to donate blood to meet these needs, yet in New Jersey only 2% actually give. Healthy people of all blood types are encouraged to donate immediately.