MORRISTOWN, NJ -  A blood emergency has been declared by the New Jersey Blood Services (NJBS) due to a shortage of donations. To encourage people to donate blood, Whole Foods Market will thank the first 30 donors with a voucher for a $10 Whole Foods Market gift card. All donors will receive a coupon for $10 off a $50 purchase.

The blood drive will be held Monday July 10 from 1pm - 7pm outside the Whole Foods Market located at 110 Washington Street.

According to the NJBS, blood is needed now since donations have fallen off and tends to be lowest during the summer months as many travel on vacation. Recent national tragedies are reminders that it is imperative to always have an adequately stocked blood supply to respond when communities are faced with patient traumas or other events that require life-saving blood products.

To make an appointment, go to http://tinyurl.com/wholefoodsblooddrives​. Walk-ins are also welcomed. The process takes less than an hour and qualified donors should be at least 16 years of age (with parental consent) and weigh at least 110 pounds, however other height and weight restrictions apply. Blood donors must be in generally good health, present NYBC Donor Card or photo or signed ID, and eat and drink at regular meal times. Persons over 75 years of age can donate with a note from their physician.