BASKING RIDGE, NJ -- Our House of NJ will be hosting a summer blood drive on Wednesday, Aug. 28 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

During the summer, the need for blood increases and the donor population decreases, since many donors are away on vacation. The blood center also collects about 25 percent of blood from high schools and colleges which typically do not run during the summer months.

The drive will take place at 188 Mt. Airy Road, Basking Ridge, follow the signs to the building. Walk-ins are welcome; no appointment is necessary. Each donor will receive a $10 Amazon gift card as a thank you. To make an appointment, go to, Sponsor Code: 70497.

Any 16-year-olds also have the opportunity to earn a $15 Dunkin Donuts gift card by donating blood before Sept. 29 and registering on the website: . 16-year-olds must have a signed NJBS Parental Consent form.