SOMERSET - In an effort to meet the needs of our community’s demand for blood, St. Matthias Church is sponsoring a blood drive on Sunday, January 28 in the Cafeteria, 168 JFK Boulevard from 8:30am-2:15 pm. The drive is open to all.

“Our community’s supply of blood has been impacted by recent snowfall and an active flu season. Fewer people are giving blood but the demand for transfusions remains. We are especially in need of O negative blood, the “universal donor”,” said Marie Forrestal, Director, Donor Recruitment, New Jersey Blood Services (NJBS). “Help is needed to get our inventory back to where it should be.”

NJBS and its parent company, New York Blood Center, supply blood to hospitals in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and part of Connecticut.  Volunteer blood donations are needed for patients each day.  Type O Negative, A negative and B Negative are in great demand right now but all types are needed.  

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To make a convenient donation appointment, come to St. Matthias Church on Sunday, January 28 from 8:30 am-2:15 pm. To make an appointment, call toll free 1-800-933-BLOOD (2566) or go to www.nybloodcenter.org. Walk-in donors are always welcome.

Blood donors must be between the ages of 16 (with signed parental consent) and 75 (or older with a doctor’s written permission), weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in generally good health. All donors will benefit from a free mini exam including a review of their pulse rate, blood pressure, and temperature. Donors will need a photo or signature ID. Donors who are not sure if they are eligible to donate can call 1-800-688-0900.

About New York Blood Center
Founded in 1964, the New York Blood Center Network (NYBC) is a nonprofit organization that is one of the largest independent, community-based blood centers in the world. NYBC, along with its partner organizations Community Blood Center of Kansas City, Missouri (CBC), Innovative Blood Resources (IBR), Blood Bank of Delmarva (BBD), and Rhode Island Blood Center (RIBC), collect approximately 4,000 units of blood products each day and serve local communities of more than 45 million people in the Tri-State area (NY, NJ, CT), Mid Atlantic area (PA, DE, MD), the Kansas City metropolitan area, Minnesota, Nebraska, Rhode Island, and Southern New England. NYBC and its partners also provide a wide array of transfusion-related medical services, including Comprehensive Cell Solutions, the National Center for Blood Group Genomics, the National Cord Blood Program, and the Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute, which—among other milestones—developed the Hepatitis B vaccine and a patented solvent detergent plasma process innovating blood-purification technology worldwide.

DONATE BLOOD - CALL 1-800-933-BLOOD (2566) or visit our website

www.nybloodcenter.org