PARAMUS, NJ - Community Blood Services, a not-for-profit organization that supplies blood and blood products to hospitals in the New Jersey and New York region, will hold 47 community blood drives throughout January -- including five in Union County.

The process to donate blood is quick and easy, with no advance registration 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.

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, which are available at by visiting communitybloodservices.com, and proof of birth date. Donors should eat a moderate meal prior to donating, and also bring identification showing their signature.

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A full list of open drives with additional details is available here.

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’ January donation events call toll-free, at 201-251-3703, to confirm timing and location details.