FAIRFIELD, NJ — The American Red Cross is partnering with Nexcare Bandages and supermodel Niki Taylor to urge eligible blood and platelet donors to give this June in honor of World Blood Donor Day on June 14.

“I am proud to team up with the Nexcare Give Program each year, with the mission of sparking a critical dialogue around the vital need for blood donation,” said supermodel and Nexcare Give spokesperson, Niki Taylor. “For me, the cause is also a personal one. Following a car accident 15 years ago that left me in critical condition, the efforts of the American Red Cross and their brave donors saved my life. In honor of World Blood Donor Day, I am sharing my story and encouraging people around the world to support blood donation, inspiring their friends and families to join the cause.”

This is the eighth year that the Red Cross and Nexcare Bandages have partnered for the Nexcare Give program. To honor those who “give” around the world, Nexcare Bandages has developed a limited-edition collection of bandages with the theme “Feel the Beat, Give Blood,” featuring five vibrant dance-inspired designs reflecting different styles and cultures from around the globe. The limited-edition bandages will be available to those who come out to donate blood or platelets with the Red Cross now through World Blood Donor Day on June 14.

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Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs a lifesaving blood transfusion. The Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood donations every day to meet the needs of patients at 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.

Donors of all blood types are currently needed. For more information or to make an appointment to donate blood or platelets, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities

American Red Cross Blood Donation Center:

Northern New Jersey Donor Center

209 Fairfield Rd., Fairfield

Tuesdays: 12:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Saturdays: (1st & 3rd of each month) 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

NJ

Bergen

Little Ferry

6/24/2016: 2:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Little Ferry Senior Center, 95 Main Street

Essex

Glen Ridge

6/16/2016: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Ridgewood Ave School, 235 Ridgewood Ave

Livingston

6/28/2016: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saint Barnabas Ambulatory Care Center, 200 S. Orange Avenue

Newark

6/23/2016: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Newark Liberty International Airport, 67 Terminal B

Nutley

6/21/2016: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., Masonic Lodge, 175 Chestnut Street

Hudson

Bayonne

6/25/2016: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Catholic War Veterans Post 1612, 18 W. 23rd Street

Jersey City

6/30/2016: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., Avalon Cove, 444 Washington Boulevard

Morris

Florham Park

6/20/2016: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Florham Park Memorial First Aid Squad, 60 Felch Road

Madison

6/21/2016: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Madison Volunteer Ambulance Squad, 29 Prospect Street

Passaic

Pompton Lakes

6/25/2016: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Christ Church, 400 Ramapo Avenue

6/26/2016: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Congregation Beth Shalom, 21 Passaic Avenue

How to donate blood

A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or redcross.org/cruz-roja, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.