ELIZABETH, NJ--January is National Blood Donor Month and the Elizabeth Policeman’s Benevolent Association (P.B.A.) will be sponsoring a blood drive on Thursday, January 18, 2018, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Elizabeth Police Headquarters located at 1 Police Plaza.

The American Red Cross maintains that blood donation is critical for the following reasons:

Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. Approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the U.S. and nearly 7,000 units of platelets and 10,000 units of plasma are needed daily in the U.S.

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The blood type most often requested by hospitals is Type O and the blood used in an emergency is already on the shelves before the event occurs. A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.

Giving blood saves 4.5 million lives each year in the U.S., yet fewer than one out of 10 people in the U.S. donate. One pint of blood can save up to 3 lives according to the Red Cross.

The Elizabeth P.B.A. is seeking the community’s help with spreading the word. Here are some suggestions they say will help them with their blood drive: 

Print a few copies of the flyer to hand out, announce at meetings you attend,  post to social media, print in a newsletter/bulletin you are working on, and email the flyer to your Elizabeth contacts.

The P.B.A. would like to thank all Elizabeth residents for supporting blood donation.

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