FAIR LAWN, NJ — The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at the Library to help end an emergency summer blood shortage that began last month, according to Red Cross officials.

On Monday, Aug. 20, from 12-5 p.m., the American Red Cross will be set up for blood donations at the Maurice M. Pine Public Library, 10-01 Fair Lawn Avenue.

"A critical need remains as many regular donors delay giving to take final summer vacations and prepare for school to start," according to a Red Cross press release this morning. "To ensure lifesaving treatments remain available for patients in the coming weeks, donations are needed now, especially type O."

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In thanks for helping at this urgent time, all those who come to donate blood or platelets through Aug. 30, 2018 will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email. (Restrictions apply; see amazon.com/gc-legal. More information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Together.)

Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to give again. Blood can be safely given every 56 days, and Power Red donations can be given every 16 weeks.

An additional opportunity to donate blood in Bergen County will be held on Friday, Aug. 17, 3-8 p.m., First Congregational Church of River Edge, 109 Continental Avenue, River Edge. 

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

Volunteers needed

Another way to support the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross is to become a volunteer transportation specialist and deliver lifesaving blood products to local area hospitals. Volunteer transportation specialists play a very important role in ensuring an ample blood supply for patients in need by transporting blood and blood products. For more information and to apply for a volunteer transportation specialist position, contact contact Nancy Tobin at 215-451-4229 or nancy.tobin@redcross.org or visit rdcrss.org/driver.