MONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ - Summer is typically a prime shortage time for area blood centers and New Jersey Blood Services is hoping to add to their dwindling supply with a weekend blood drive on Sunday, August 26 at the Monroe Recreation Center from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Area centers are in need of all donors, but there is a major call for O negative donors.

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. However, donors can schedule an appointment online or by telephoning 1-800-933-2566.

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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.

The Monroe Recreation Center is located at 120 Monmouth Road.