WEST ORANGE, NJ - The Blood Center of NJ has issued an emergency appeal for blood donations, and a Bloodmobile will be stationed at the West Orange Retro Fitness, 235 Prospect Avenue, from 4:00 - 9:00 pm.

Current inventories are at dangerously low levels and less than half a day supply is available for NJ hospitals and patients with this year's levels 12% below last year's.

“Our first major objective is to make sure the blood is ready when patients are in need and given our current inventory levels, we are urging the public to respond” stated Tina Ilao, President and CEO for the blood center.

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Anyone 17 years or older, in general good health and who has not donated in the past 56 days is asked to consider blood donation at this time. The Blood Center of New Jersey urges the public to visit their web site at www.bloodnj.org to find a donation site. The West Orange donation center is located at 401 Pleasant Valley Way. Donors can call the Blood Center at 800-652-5663 Ext. 100, 9:00am - 5:00pm Mon.-Fri.

Blood center officials note that each unit of blood donated is broken down into several components including platelets, plasma, and red cells, so one donation can save up to three lives. 

The process for blood donation takes less than a hour and includes medical history questions, pulse, blood pressure, and iron level. 16 year olds can donate with a consent form signed by accompanying parent/guardian, weigh 120 pounds and be in general good health. There is no upper age limit for donors provided they meet health requirements. Donors should bring a license or approved photo ID, and know their social security number.

For those who have recently traveled outside of the United States and for other eligibility questions, please call the blood center at 973-676-4700, ext. 132.  

If you require any additional information, please call 1-800-652-5663, during regular business hours. 

The Blood Center of New Jersey (BCNJ) is an independent, non-profit organization supplying blood and blood components to hospitals in 15 counties in New Jersey for over 60 years.