NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Their specialty might be fighting fires, but the city's fire department will switch its focus for a day to recent blood shortages.
The New Brunswick Fire Department plans to host a community blood drive from noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at New Jersey Blood Services, according to City Hall. Appointments are available here, though walk-ins will also be accepted.
If the department reaches its goal of stockpiling 20 pints of blood that day, it will select one donor to receive a football jersey, according to the city. The winner may select any player's uniform.
“Our standing partnership with New Jersey Blood Services has resulted in many lifesaving donations for area residents over the years,” Fire Director Robert Rawls told TAPinto New Brunswick in a statement. “Blood donation is a generous act, and the fire department is pleased to continue to help bring in these important donations as part of our community outreach.”
Donors must weigh 110 or more pounds and meet other requirements, according to the city. They should also eat and drink plenty of water before coming in.
Local blood centers and hospitals have noted blood shortages in recent weeks. That came about, they said, due to the summer months, when the number of donations is known to drop.
New Jersey Blood Services stands at 167 New St.. Donors can find parking across the street, on Joyce Kilmer Avenue.