MONTVALE, NJ – New Jersey residents have the opportunity to help alleviate critical blood shortages – including those that resulted from the onslaught of Hurricane Harvey – with assistance from Community Blood Services.
The Bergen County-based organization will hold 73 community blood drives throughout September, in 11 different New Jersey counties, and in Orange County, NY. The process is quick and easy, and no advance registration is required. All donors will receive a free cholesterol screening, and in addition will be given access – exclusively on the day of their donation – to the online “Donor Express” health questionnaire, which helps to streamline the actual blood donation process.
“A natural disaster such as Hurricane Harvey brings attention to the crucial importance of blood donations,” says Robert Kessler, Community Blood Services’ recruitment director. “New Jersey residents have at their fingertips the opportunity to save lives.”
Community Blood Services is holding August donation events in the following counties:
Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Morris, Orange, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren.
Healthy individuals age 16 or older, who weigh at least 110 pounds, may donate blood; 16 and 17 year olds must have signed consent forms (available at www.communitybloodservices.com) and proof of birth date. Donors should eat a moderate meal prior to donating, and also bring identification showing their signature.
On occasion, last-minute changes to scheduling for a donation event will occur. As a result, it is recommended that anyone planning to donate blood at one of Community Blood Services’ August donation events call toll-free, at 201-251-3703, to confirm timing and location details.
About Community Blood Services
Community Blood Services, a not-for-profit organization that supplies blood and blood products to hospitals in the NJ/NY region, has been devoted to serving the community’s transfusion medicine needs since 1953. Donations of blood and blood products, umbilical cord blood, stem cells, and bone marrow help to join individuals, organizations, businesses, and entire communities together in partnership with us to help save lives.
In 2015, Community Blood Services became part of Blood Systems Inc. (BSI) – one of the nation’s oldest and largest transfusion medical organizations – headquartered in Scottsdale. Founded in 1943, Blood Systems’ blood centers division serves some 700 hospitals across the United States. A founding member of America’s Blood Centers and the AABB (formerly the American Association of Blood Banks), Blood Systems also operates biological products distribution services, a quality consulting group, and a world-renowned transfusion medicine research institute. It also is a partner in the operation of high-volume donor testing laboratories.