MILLTOWN, NJ - Blood donations usually drop off during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, but the need for blood doesn't.

"While many are celebrating, others are caring for family members in need of the precious gift of blood, anonymously given," said Lynne Ross, the Account Manager for New Jersey Blood Services. Blood donations typically drop over the holidays, but patients’ needs do not."

To help with the holiday blood donation drought, a community-wide blood drive will be held at the United Methodist Church in Milltown on Monday, December 30 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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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. Walk-ins are welcome, but donors can also schedule appointments online using the sponsor code 12506 or by telephoning 1-800-933-2566.

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.

The United Methodist Church is located on 47 North Main Street.