SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The New Jersey Blood Center is hoping people will start off 2020 by helping to save a life by donating blood at the upcoming Monday, January 13 blood drive at the Spotswood VFW from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. January is National Blood Donor Month and to help encourage residents to keep this resolution, each donor receives a sweepstake ticket for a chance to win a trip for two to Cancun.

According to the New Jersey Blood Center's website, 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 13807 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.

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

The Spotswood VFW is located on 33 Daniel Road in Spotswood.