MORRISTOWN, NJ - Blood supplies traditionally dip to their lowest levels during the summer months, and the need for donations often becomes urgent. But helping is easy. Community Blood Services, a not-for-profit organization that supplies blood and blood products to Morristown Medical Center as well as 25 other hospitals in the New Jersey is holding blood donation events through the month of June.
The events are being held in Florham Park, Madison, Randolph and Denville, as well as 56 other towns during June. The process of donating blood is quick and easy, and no advance registration is required. All donors will receive a free cholesterol screening, and in addition will be given access – exclusively on the day of their donation – to the online “Donor Express” health questionnaire, which helps to streamline the actual blood donation process.
“We believe that anyone who donates is providing an essential service to their community,” explains Robert Kessler, Community Blood Services’ recruitment director. “It’s really that important. There’s a tremendous need, and we need people to step up and help their neighbors.”
Healthy individuals age 16 or older, who weigh at least 110 pounds, may donate blood; 16 and 17 year olds must have signed consent forms (available at www.communitybloodservices.com) and proof of birth date. Donors should eat a moderate meal prior to donating, and also bring identification showing their signature.