The serious, nationwide blood shortage continues … and Vitalant (formerly Community Blood Services) is responding by offering residents of central New Jersey multiple opportunities to potentially help relatives, friends, and neighbors by donating during September. Specifically, the nonprofit, blood collection organization has scheduled 9 open-to-the-public donation events throughout the area
Vitalant also maintains four New Jersey blood centers, with hours (and street addresses) as follows:
- Lincoln Park (63 Beaverbrook Rd. | Suite 304) – Tuesday, 1-9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
- Montvale (102 Chestnut Ridge Rd.) – Wednesday, noon-8 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Paramus (One West Ridgewood Ave., Suite 208) – Monday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Tuesday/Wednesday, 1-9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday/Sunday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
- Parsippany (1259 Rt. 46 East, Building #4E | Suite 410) – Thursday, 1-9 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Healthy individuals age 16 or older, who weigh at least 110 pounds, may donate blood; 16- and 17-year-olds must have proof of birth date and signed consent forms, either in English or Spanish. Donors should eat a moderate meal prior to donating, and also bring identification featuring 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 a Vitalant donation event call 201-251-3703, toll free, to confirm timing and location details. Additional information about donating blood is also available by visiting www.vitalant.org.