Nonprofit blood services provider Vitalant urges all eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood, platelets or plasma this May in support of mothers and all patients relying on lifesaving blood transfusions. As a token of thanks, all those who come to give May 1 through May 25 will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card* or, for the period from May 26 through June 1, a Vitalant ball cap.

Pandemic continues to cancel blood drives while the need increases 

More than 200 blood drives continue to be canceled each week because of the pandemic, including a number of local blood drives in Vitalant’s Montvale, New Jersey service area, but the need for blood has returned to pre-pandemic levels. There is an urgent need for donors to help new mothers experiencing childbirth complications, grandmothers battling cancer, sisters with chronic blood disorders and other patients. Those who receive a Food and Drug Administration authorized COVID-19 vaccine can give blood immediately if other eligibility requirements are met.   

New mom’s life saved by blood donors 

Emily Peters was one of the patients whose life was saved by blood donors. Fifteen minutes after delivering a baby girl named Lucy, Emily experienced an arterial bleed, was rushed to surgery and received 32 blood components. “I pretty much died and was saved by blood donors,” she said. Watch Emily’s Mother’s Day story here.  

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“Trauma and accident victims, cancer patients and those now undergoing previously postponed surgeries may all need blood,” said Michael Davenport, regional director for Vitalant’s Montvale, New Jersey facility. “There is an increased need for blood donations as life begins to return to normal for some. Donors with all blood types are needed, especially type O—the most transfused blood type.” 

How to Give 

To learn more and schedule an appointment to donate, please visit vitalant.org or call 877-25-VITAL (877-258-4825). Vitalant follows strict protocols to ensure the safety of donors, patients and staff, including social distancing, disinfecting public areas and requiring face masks.  

Details of May’s Monmouth County blood drive:

Where: Charles Hesse Parish Center / 55 South Avenue, Atlantic Highlands, 07716

When: Monday, May 17 / 2 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Vitalant also maintains four New Jersey blood centers, with hours and street addresses as follows:

Lincoln Park (63 Beaverbrook Rd. | Suite 304) – Click here for hours

Montvale (102 Chestnut Ridge Rd.) – Click here for hours

Paramus (One West Ridgewood Ave., Suite 208) – Click here for hours

Parsippany (1259 Rt. 46 East, Building #4E | Suite 410) – Click here for hours