SPOTSWOOD, NJ - September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Blood donations are typically low during the summer months and during the coronavirus pandemic donors have been in short supply. Cancer patients are the number one users of blood. Spotswood VFW Post 4589 held a blood drive on Monday helped save 138 lives.

"Spotswood VFW has generously supported patients and their families for several years with blood drives each month," said NJ Blood Services Account Manager Lynne Ross. "At a time when schools and businesses are not able to run blood drives, the VFW is holding a second blood drive during September in commemoration of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month."

The VFW will hold an addition blood drive on Tuesday, September 22 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the post on 33 Daniel Road. Donors should be between the ages of 17 and 75 and be in good physical health. A donor can be 16 years of age, but must have a parental consent form. Individuals 76 years of age and older can donate with a doctor's note. All donors should bring identification with a signature or a photo that includes a date of birth. Individuals with a donor card should bring the card. Appointments are strongly recommended for the September 22 blood drive. Walk-ins will only be accommodated if proper social distancing guidelines can be maintained.

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Appointments can be scheduled online using the sponsor code 13807or by telephoning 800-933-2566. Donors must wear a mask and will have their temperatures taken upon arrival. Any donors previously testing positive for the coronavirus must be symptom free for 14 days prior to donation. Blood donors cannot donate if they have had a positive test result for COVID-19 or have displayed symptoms of the coronavirus during the last 14 days.

The donation process takes about sixty minutes. Donors should hydrate well the day before they are scheduled to give blood. It's helpful to snack on salty snacks the evening before as well as get a good night's sleep prior to donating. Eating a well-balanced breakfast the morning of the donation is recommended. Donors should also bring a bottle of water along and drink right before donating.

For additional information on the blood donation process, visit the New York Blood Center's website.