MONTCLAIR, NJ - January is National Blood Donor Month and the American Red Cross is asking you to celebrate by donating blood in Montclair on Jan. 10 or Nutley on Jan. 15, 2019.

A blood drive will be held in Montclair at  Central Presbyterian Church, 46 Park St.Jan 10, 2019 from 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., 

A blood drive will be held at Nutley Masonic Lodge No. 25, 175 Chestnut St. from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Jan. 15, 2019

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According to the Red Cross, the critical role of blood and platelet donors has been celebrated each January for nearly 50 years during National Blood Donor Month, which coincides with one of the most difficult times to maintain a sufficient blood supply for patients. Busy holiday schedules, extreme winter weather and seasonal illnesses often impact donor turnout this time of year. 

Donating blood or platelets is a way to make a lifesaving impact in the new year for patients like Judy Janssen, who was diagnosed with end-stage autoimmune liver disease in 2016. Janssen received frequent blood transfusions – sometimes multiple times a week – until she underwent a liver transplant last January.

“Blood donors make a really big difference with very little effort,” said Janssen, who received dozens of transfusions before and during her transplant surgery. “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for blood donations.”

Make an appointment to donate blood or platelets by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Another way to help keep the blood supply strong in the new year is to host a Red Cross blood drive. To learn more about hosting a blood drive and to sign up, visit