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Blood Emergency: East Brunswick Scout Helps Address Crisis

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DJ Pullaro is addressing New Jersey's blood availability crisis in his Boy Scout Life Project. Credits: Pullaro Family
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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - New Jersey Blood Services/New York Blood Center (NYBC) has declared a blood emergency. The organization is asking people across New York City, the Hudson Valley, Long Island and New Jersey to donate blood to help replenish the blood supply for hospitals throughout the area.  East Brunswick's DJ Pullaro is helping to make donating easier for local residents.

DJ Pullaro is working toward Life Rank in Boy Scout Troop 501 of East Brunswick/South River.  As part of his Life Rank service project, he has partnered with New Jersey Blood Services by handling the promotion of two June blood drives in East Brunswick.  He chose the project because his grandfather previously had a life- threatening condition that inhibited his ability to grow and retain blood cells. Blood donations have helped him to move toward recovery.  

In order to maintain a safe blood supply, a seven-day inventory of all blood types must be continually replenished. Right now, reserves are below that minimum.

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These low levels are particularly dangerous leading into summer months, when people are less likely to donate blood as schools go on summer break and families take vacations. The best preparation for life-threatening situations is having blood on hospital shelves in advance.

 World Blood Donor Day, which is Thursday, June 14, celebrates volunteer blood donors for their life-saving gifts. This year it falls on the anniversary of the 2017 shooting at the Congressional baseball practice. To recognize the importance of blood donations, members of the Republican and Democrat Congressional Baseball Teams have joined together in a bipartisan, bicameral effort to promote World Blood Donor Day and the vital work of independent blood centers such as NYBC.

“Every single day, blood donations help save lives – and right now, the need is critical,” said Andrea Cefarelli, Senior Executive Director of Donor Recruitment for New York Blood Center. “We’re calling on everyone to do what they can to spread the word, host a blood drive or simply take an hour out of their day to donate.”

Community members are encouraged to find time to donate blood at a NYBC donor center or convenient mobile blood drive, especially donors with O negative and B negative blood types. O negative blood donors are considered “universal,” and their blood type is needed most readily in trauma situations and emergency rooms across the country. B negative is a particularly rare blood type.

East Brunswick's future Life Scout DJ Pullaro will facilitate the following two blood drives:

*Friday, June 22 at the Center Court of the Brunswick Square Mall from 1:30 pm to 7:30 pm

*Tuesday, June 26 at the East Brunswick Public Library from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm

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