St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church (2032 Westfield Ave., Scotch Plains) will host a blood drive run by New Jersey Blood Services, a division of New York Blood Center, Sunday, Dec. 8, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Blood Center reports a critical shortage at this time. Blood donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 lbs, and not have donated blood within the last 56 days. Sixteen-year-olds must present a signed parental permission form. Visit to obtain the form. People age 76 and older can donate blood if they meet all criteria and present a physician’s letter.

Appointments are encouraged and may be made at using the group code 07415. Walk-ins also are welcome.

Participants are asked to bring photo identification and to eat before donating blood. For information about eligibility, call 1-(800) 933-2566 or visit