PLAINFIELD, NJ - A blood drive will take place on Friday at Plainfield High School in partnership with the American Red Cross.

Have you ever wondered what happens to the pint of blood you donate?

According to the Red Cross, the donation is stored in iced coolers until it is transported to a Red Cross center, and scanned into a database.  A dozen tests are performed on each unit of donated blood to establish blood type and test for infectious diseases.  Units that are suitable for transfusion are labeled and stored.

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This Friday's blood drive at the high school will be held in the gym at 950 Park Ave. from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

If you plan to participate, eat a healthy breakfast, drink extra fluids, and be sure to bring a picture ID.  Walk-ins are welcome.

Coach Carol Taffaro, a gym teacher at the high school, said at the November 2017 drive, "This is our best year yet, with over 70 pints collected, 160 students who registered to give blood, 135 who qualified to donate, and over 40 student volunteers. The drive went smoothly, with no long lines and little disruptions.”

Taffaro is only 36 pints short of her goal of 100 pints for this school year, which will help over 400 people according to the American Red Cross.

For more information, call 908-731-4333, email gmontealegre@plainfield.k12.nj.us or visit www.plainfieldnjk12.org.

For more information on blood donation, visit redcrossblood.org or call (800) 733-2767.