The need for blood donations is ongoing, and Vitalant (a nonprofit, blood collection organization formerly known as Community Blood Services) is responding by offering residents of Monmouth County multiple opportunities to potentially help relatives, friends, and neighbors by donating during March. The greatest need is for blood platelets -- small cells in the blood that form clots to prevent bleeding, while also helping with anemia and low blood counts – and type O-negative, the universal blood type.
During March, Vitalant has scheduled five open-to-the-public donation events throughout Monmouth County.
To learn more about blood platelet donations and local donation heroes, click here.
Vitalant also maintains four New Jersey blood centers, with hours (and street addresses) as follows:
- Lincoln Park (63 Beaverbrook Rd. | Suite 304) – Tuesday, 1-9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
- Montvale (102 Chestnut Ridge Rd.) – Wednesday, noon-8 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Paramus (One West Ridgewood Ave., Suite 208) – Monday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Tuesday/Wednesday, 1-9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday/Sunday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
- Parsippany (1259 Rt. 46 East, Building #4E | Suite 410) – Thursday, 1-9 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
As an added incentive to all donors, Vitalant is providing – exclusively at its New Jersey donation centers in Lincoln Park, Montvale, Paramus, and Parsippany – a St. Patrick’s Day t-shirt from March 13-17. For the entire month of March, all donors will receive a $10 gift card. In addition, type A+ and B+ donors who donate platelets for the first time EVER will receive a $25 Amazon gift card in the mail, while all type AB male plasma donors will receive a $5 mystery gift card in the mail for every plasma donation they make during 2020 (counting is done at the end of each month).
Healthy individuals age 16 or older, who weigh at least 110 pounds, may donate blood; 16- and 17-year-olds must have proof of birth date and signed consent forms, either in English (http://www.communitybloodservices.org/media/Minor_Donor_Permit_ENG.pdf) or Spanish (http://www.communitybloodservices.org/media/Minor_Donor_Permit_Form_SP.pdf). Donors should eat a moderate meal prior to donating, and also bring identification featuring their signature.
On occasion, last-minute changes to scheduling for a donation event will occur. As a result, it is recommended that anyone planning to donate blood at a Vitalant donation event call 201-251-3703, toll free, to confirm timing and location details. Additional information about donating blood is also available by visiting www.vitalant.org.