PARAMUS, NJ -- Recovery and aid efforts continue for the victims and families affected by the tragic Route 80 bus crash earlier this month. Today, those efforts are being channeled into a blood drive, which will take place from 2:00-8:00pm at the Paramus Life Safety Complex at 1 Jockish Square West, Paramus. 

Sponsored by the Paramus Police Department and Paramus Emergency Medical Services, the six-hour long blood drive is being coordinated by the New York and New Jersey-based Community Blood Services. According to this organization, an accident victim may need up to 50 units of red blood cells to recover. 

All donors today will receive free health screenings that include cholesterol, blood pressure, temperature, iron, pulse rate, and blood type.

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"The ongoing support that our entire community has shown for the victims of the terrible bus crash is really inspiring, but not surprising," said Paramus Mayor Richard LaBarbiera. "Paramus is a tight-knit town where people look out for one another, and today's blood drive is a great way to honor everyone who was impacted. Blood drives save lives, and I know that everyone who can make it today--either during the day or after they get home from work--will."

Donors should eat a big meal before giving blood. Walk-ins are welcome. It is not recommended individuals who weigh under 110 pounds donate blood. Additional information about the blood drive is available by calling 201-251-3703.