MONMOUTH JUNCTION, NJ - The township is hosting a community-wide blood drive on Tuesday, August 13 from 1:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the South Brunswick Public Works and Utilities Building. Each donor will receive a reusable metal straw. Donors should be between the ages of 17 and 75 and be in good physical health. A donor can be 16 years of age, but must have a parental consent form. Individuals 76 years of age and older can donate with a doctor's note. All donors should bring identification with a signature or a photo that includes a date of birth. Individuals with a donor card should bring the card. Walk-ins are welcome, but donors can also schedule appointments by telephoning 1-800-933-2566 or going online and using the sponsor code 13160.

The donation process takes about sixty minutes. Donors should hydrate well the day before they are scheduled to give blood. It's helpful to snack on salty snacks the evening before as well as get a good night's sleep prior to donating. Eating a well-balanced breakfast the morning of the donation is recommended. Donors should also bring a bottle of water along and drink right before donating.

For additional information on the blood donation process, visit the New York Blood Center's website. The South Brunswick Public Works and Utilities Building is located at 540 Ridge Road in Monmouth Junction.