The weather may have just started to warm up, but New Jersey Blood Services (NJBS) is already urging the public to donate blood as we head into the summer months. With schools closing and vacations scheduled, less people donate blood from June through August but transfusions are still needed for local patients.
“We’re especially thankful to our dedicated donors and blood drive coordinators who come out to help us during these critical summer months”, said Marie Forrestal, Director, Donor Recruitment, NJBS.
St. Michael’s Church in Union is hosting a Blood Drive on Sunday, June 10 between 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. The first 50 donors will get a Union Theater movie pass (DONATION HAS BEEN GIVEN BY PETER KAFASH FROM EMPIRE CINEPLEX). Walk-ins welcome. St. Michael’s Church is located at 1212 Kelly Street.
Type O negative donors, considered “universal” as their blood type can be transfused to any patient in an emergency, are most in need and are always in short supply. In order to maintain a safe blood supply a seven-day inventory of all types must be continually replenished. Companies, organizations, and community groups are also encouraged to step up to host a blood drive this summer to help rebuild the blood supply. Hosting a blood drive is easy and NYBC’s staff will help you every step of the way.
To donate blood or for information on how to organize a blood drive
Please call Toll Free: 1-800-933-2566
More About Blood Donations
The entire donation process takes less than an hour and a single donation can be used to save multiple lives. Donors with O-negative blood type, or “universal donors,” are especially encouraged to donate, as their blood can be used in emergencies. Nearly 2,000 donations are needed each day in New York and New Jersey alone. About one in seven hospital admissions requires a blood transfusion, and with a limited shelf life, supplies must be continually replenished.
If you cannot donate but still wish to participate in bringing crucial blood products to patients in need, please consider hosting a blood drive or volunteering at a local blood drive.