SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The recent pair of spring nor'easters canceled blood drives throughout the area. To help aide in the blood shortage, the Spotswood VFW is hosting a Spring Blood Drive on Monday, April 2 from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. All donors will receive a $3 gift certificate to Ralph's Italian Ices on 508 Main Street in Spotswood.

Donors should be between the ages of 17 and 75 and be in good physical health. A donor can be 16 years of age, but must have a parental consent form. Individuals 76 years of age and older can donate with a doctor's note. All donors should bring identification with a signature or a photo that includes a date of birth. Individuals with a donor card should bring the card.

The donation process takes about sixty minutes. Donors should hydrate well the day before they are scheduled to give blood. It's helpful to snack on salty snacks the evening before as well as get a good night's sleep prior to donating. Eating a well-balanced breakfast the morning of the donation is recommended. Donors should also bring a bottle of water along and drink right before donating.

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For additional information on the blood donation process, visit the New York Blood Center's website.

Walk-ins are welcome at the April 2 Spring Blood Drive. However, appointments can be made online or by telephoning 1-800-933-2566.

The Spotswood VFW is located on 33 Daniel Road in Spotswood.