MONTVALE, NJ  – Because of its severity, New Jersey’s ongoing blood shortage has attracted significant attention – but many people are still unaware that the need for O-negative blood is acute.

As the universal blood type, O-negative can be given to anyone in need. Between dangerous weather, a worse-than-expected flu season, and the ongoing requirement of hospital patients, the shortage of O-negative blood is a remarkably serious issue.

Making matters even more dire is a corresponding severe shortage of blood platelets, which have only a five-day shelf life. Cancer patients in particular require regular donations of platelets, primarily to ease the side-effects of various treatments.

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To support hospitals – and, by extension, their family, friends, and neighbors in need – residents may donate at an open, Community Blood Services drive in their local area.

To see all donation events in January, click here

To see all donation events in February, click here

Community Blood Services is holding donation events in the following counties:

  • New Jersey: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, Warren
  • New York: New York, Orange

Healthy individuals age 16 or older, who weigh at least 110 pounds, may donate blood; 16- and 17-year-olds must have signed consent forms (available and proof of birth date. Donors should eat a moderate meal prior to donating, and also bring identification that features their signature.

On occasion, last-minute changes to scheduling for a donation event will occur. As a result, it is recommended that anyone planning to donate blood at one of Community Blood Services’ January donation events call toll-free, at 201-251-3703, to confirm timing and location details.

Additional information about donating blood is available by calling Community Blood Services toll-free, at 201-251-3703, or by visiting

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