MADISON, NJ - Due to the region's low blood supply, The Madison Area YMCA will hold a Breast Cancer Awareness Blood Drive on Friday October 25 from 1pm - 7pm.
The region’s blood supply has never been lower, and New Jersey Blood Services, a division of New York Blood Center (NYBC) is urgently calling for donors. There has been a significant decline in regular blood donors, and the region’s supply has reached critically low levels, stated New Jersey Blood Services. In order to maintain a safe blood supply, a seven-day inventory of all blood types must be continually replenished, they said. Right now, reserves are below that minimum.
Contributing to the current shortage, they said is a decline in overall donors, decline in first time donors, decline of high school and college donors and an increased demand for blood products.
It only takes one hour to go through the donation process and a single donation can be used to save multiple lives. Those in need include: cancer patients, accident, burn, or trauma victims, newborn babies and their mothers, transplant recipients, surgery patients, chronically transfused patients suffering from sickle cell disease or thalassemia, and many more. Donors with O-negative blood type, or “universal donors,” are especially encouraged to donate, as their blood can be used in emergencies.
Community walk ins are welcome.