Category Archives: Mercer County

American Red Cross Encourages Adding Blood Donation to Vacation To-Do Lists

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There are 100 days of summer and the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to choose their day to give blood and help ensure a sufficient blood supply.

 

Summer is a difficult time to collect enough blood to meet patient needs. Nearly 90 percent of donors surveyed this past spring said they planned to take a vacation this summer, potentially making them less available to give. In addition, many schools that host blood drives are out of session during the summer. But the need for blood donations is constant. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.

 

Donors of all blood types – especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative – are needed. The Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood donations every day to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.

 

To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities

 

NJ

 

American Red Cross Blood Donation Center:

Central New Jersey Donor Center

707 Alexander Rd., Suite 701, Princeton Township
Mondays: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. (platelet pheresis)

Tuesdays: 12:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (whole blood & platelet pheresis)

Fridays: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. (whole blood & platelet pheresis)

Saturdays: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. (whole blood)

 

Mercer

Hamilton

6/17/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Eden Autism Services, 4 Crossroads Drive, Suite 100

Middlesex

East Brunswick

6/21/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Korean Calvary United Methodist Church, Community Building, 572 Ryders Lane

Edison

6/20/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., St. James Episcopal Church, 2136 Woodbridge Avenue

Iselin

6/27/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Woodbridge Hills, 400 Hampton Lane

Monmouth

Allenhurst

6/22/2015: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Allenhurst Boro Hall, 125 Corlies Avenue

Manasquan

6/16/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Manasquan United Methodist Church, 23 Church Street

 

Ocean

Manahawkin

6/25/2015: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Manahawkin United Methodist Church, 116 Stafford Avenue

Ortley Beach

6/29/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Moose Lodge 399, 1801 Bay Avenue

Toms River

6/17/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., TR Hotel, 290 Route 37 East

6/23/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Ocean County Library, 101 Washington Street

6/24/2015: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Community Medical Center, 99 Highway 37 West

6/24/2015: 7 a.m. – 12 p.m., Community Medical Center, 99 Highway 37 West

6/26/2015: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., YMCA, 1088 Whitty Road

 

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. 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.

 

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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Donate blood in honor of World Blood Donor Day

The American Red Cross seeks eligible donors to give blood in honor of World Blood Donor Day, June 14, and throughout the summer to help ensure a sufficient blood supply for patients in need.

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Summer is an especially difficult time to collect enough blood to meet the needs of hospital patients. Many schools that host blood drives are out of session during the summer, and regular donors are often vacationing, potentially making them less available to give.

 

World Blood Donor Day highlights the constant need for donors – during the summer and throughout the year. Supermodel Niki Taylor, the celebrity spokesperson for World Blood Donor Day, fully understands the importance of blood donations. In 2001, she was in a near-fatal car accident and received about 100 pints of blood. To this day, she attributes her survival to the blood donors and doctors who helped save her life.

 

Those who come to donate blood with the Red Cross June 8-14, 2015, will receive a limited-edition Nexcare give bandage in one of eight global-inspired designs in honor of World Blood Donor Day.

 

Every day this summer is a chance to give hope. Eligible donors are encouraged to choose their day to make a difference. Donors of all blood types – especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative – are needed. To make an appointment to give blood, 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:

Central New Jersey Donor Center

707 Alexander Rd., Suite 701, Princeton Township
Mondays: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. (platelet pheresis)

Tuesdays: 12:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (whole blood & platelet pheresis)

Fridays: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. (whole blood & platelet pheresis)

Saturdays: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. (whole blood)

 

NJ

 Mercer

Pennington

6/13/2015: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., St. James Church, 17 Eglantine Avenue

Princeton

6/3/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Princeton University-Carnegie Center, 701 Carnegie Center, Carnegie Center Building

Trenton

6/6/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Boys & Girls Club of Mercer County, 212 Centre Street

6/11/2015: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m., Harris School of Business, 3620 Quakerbridge Road

6/11/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Harris School of Business, 3620 Quakerbridge Road

Middlesex

East Brunswick

6/7/2015: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saint Bartholomew Church, 470 Ryders Lane

Iselin

6/12/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Provident Bank, 100 Wood Avenue South

Monmouth

Tinton Falls

6/12/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Borough of Tinton Falls, 556 Tinton Avenue

Ocean

Bayville

6/1/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Berkeley Township Library, 30 Station Road

Lakewood

6/11/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Camping World, 1359 River Avenue

Manahawkin

6/6/2015: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Vitamin Shoppe, 237 Stafford Park Boulevard

Manahawkin

6/4/2015: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Southern Ocean Center Healthcare Corporation, 1361 Route 72 West

New Egypt

6/3/2015: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., New Egypt High School, 117 Evergreen Road

Toms River

6/3/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., TR Hotel, 290 Route 37 East

Tuckerton

6/5/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Red Men Lodge, 145 W. Main Street

6/5/2015: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., Red Men Lodge, 145 W. Main Street

Somerset

Somerset

6/3/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Franklin High School, 500 Elizabeth Avenue

Union

Berkeley Heights

6/3/2015: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Summit Medical Group, 1 Diamond Hill Road

Plainfield

6/3/2015: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m., St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1430 Park Avenue

Summit

6/15/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Red Cross, 695 Springfield Avenue

Westfield

6/6/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., The Presbyterian Church-Westfield, 140 Mountain Avenue

 

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. 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.

 

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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Red Cross May Blood Donation Opportunities

The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood this May in honor of World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day on May 8 – the birthday of International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement founder, Henry Dunant.

 

World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day recognizes the local and global impact of the Red Cross mission. For more than 130 years, the American Red Cross has been helping people, including those in need of blood transfusions, in communities across the U.S. It is the only blood services organization that also provides disaster relief, services for active and veteran military personnel and their families, and health and safety training.

 

Last year, about 3.1 million volunteer blood donors rolled up a sleeve to help the Red Cross meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals nationwide. Donors of all blood types – especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative – are needed to help ensure blood is available for patients this spring.

 

To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Those who are unable to give blood can support blood donations and invite others to make a lifesaving donation by creating a SleevesUp virtual blood drive at redcrossblood.org/SleevesUp.

 

Upcoming May blood donation opportunities

 

NJ

 

American Red Cross Blood Donation Center:

 

Central New Jersey Donor Center

707 Alexander Rd., Suite 701, Princeton Township
Mondays: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. (platelet pheresis)

Tuesdays: 12:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (whole blood & platelet pheresis)

Fridays: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. (whole blood & platelet pheresis)

Saturdays: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. (whole blood)

 

Hunterdon

 

Lambertville

5/2/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Centenary United Methodist Church, 108 North Union Street

 

 

 

 

Mercer

 

Hightstown

5/9/2015: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Hightstown EMS, 168 Bank Street

 

Lawrenceville

5/17/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Gurudwara Sahib, 282 Bakers Basin Road

 

Princeton

5/4/2015: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty, 4 Nassau Street

5/7/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Princeton University, 75 Washington Road, Frist Center

5/8/2015: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Princeton University, 75 Washington Road, Frist Center

5/27/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., RCN Telecom Services, LLC, 650 College Road East

 

Robbinsville

5/12/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., NorthStar Vets, 315 Robbinsville-Allentown Road

 

Titusville

5/7/2015: 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Johnson & Johnson Titusville Campus, 1125 Trenton-Harbourton Road

5/14/2015: 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Johnson & Johnson Titusville Campus, 1125 Trenton-Harbourton Road

 

Middlesex

 

Edison

5/17/2015: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Temple Emanu-El, 100 James Street

 

Monmouth Junction

5/10/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Islamic Society of Central Jersey, 4145 US Route 1

 

Monmouth

 

Sea Girt

5/30/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Sea Girt Square, 2100 Route 35

 

Ocean

 

Little Egg Harbor

5/13/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., St. Theresa’s Church, 450 Radio Road

5/13/2015: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., St. Theresa’s Church, 450 Radio Road

 

Toms River

5/6/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., TR Hotel, 290 Route 37 East

5/20/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., TR Hotel, 290 Route 37 East

 

 

Somerset

 

Basking Ridge

5/3/2015: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., St. James Roman Catholic Church, 184 S. Finley Avenue

 

Hillsborough

5/3/2015: 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Temple Beth-El, 67 Route 206

 

Raritan

5/7/2015: 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.-Raritan Campus-Janssen, 1000 Route 202 South, OMP Building

5/14/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.-Raritan Campus-Janssen, 1000 Route 202 South, OMP Building

 

Skillman

5/7/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Johnson & Johnson North, 199 Grandview Avenue

5/19/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Johnson & Johnson Orchard, 23 Orchard Road, Town Hall

 

Somerset

5/11/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., HearingLife, 2501 Cottontail Lane

 

Union

 

Summit

5/18/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Red Cross, 695 Springfield Avenue

 

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. 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.

 

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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Spring into Action and Donate Blood with the Red Cross

The American Red Cross encourages eligible blood donors to make a difference in the lives of patients this spring by giving blood.

 

Donated blood is perishable and must be constantly replenished to keep up with the demand. Red blood cells, with a shelf life of only 42 days, are the most frequently transfused blood component, and are always needed by hospitals.

 

Eligible donors can give red cells through either a regular whole blood donation or a double red cell donation, where available. Double red cell donations yield twice the usual amount of red cells in a single appointment and are accepted at select donation locations. Double red cell donors must meet additional eligibility criteria, which will be determined at the donation appointment.

 

Donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative. Whole blood can be donated every 56 days, and double red cells may be donated every 112 days, up to three times per year.

 

To find a donation opportunity or make an appointment to give blood, 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:

Central New Jersey Donor Center

707 Alexander Rd., Suite 701, Princeton Township
Mondays: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. (platelet pheresis)

Tuesdays: 12:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (whole blood & platelet pheresis)

Fridays: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. (whole blood & platelet pheresis)

Saturdays: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. (whole blood)

NJ

 

Mercer

 

East Windsor

4/26/2015: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Beth El Synagogue, 50 Maple Stream Road

 

Hightstown

4/24/2015: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m., The Peddie School, 201 S. Main Street

 

 

 

Princeton

4/16/2015: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Princeton University, 75 Washington Road, Frist Center

4/16/2015: 3:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Princeton University, 75 Washington Road, Frist Center

4/17/2015: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Princeton University, 75 Washington Road, Frist Center

4/17/2015: 3:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Princeton University, 75 Washington Road, Frist Center

4/18/2015: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 901 Canal Pointe Boulevard

 

Monmouth

 

Howell

4/16/2015: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., Gwennie’s Gifts, 615 Aldrich Road

 

Manasquan

4/30/2015: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., The Atlantic Club, 1904 Atlantic Avenue

 

Somerset

 

Bridgewater

4/26/2015: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Holy Trinity Church, 60 Maple Street

 

Skillman

4/30/2015: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Johnson & Johnson South, 199 Grandview Road

 

Union

 

Summit

4/20/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Red Cross, 695 Springfield Avenue

 

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. 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.

 

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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Help Neighbors Through The Red Cross And Become An Everyday Hero

The American Red Cross encourages eligible blood donors to become everyday heroes by giving blood in celebration of Red Cross Month this March.

 

Since 1943, every president has designated March as Red Cross Month – a time to recognize those who support the Red Cross. Local communities depend on the Red Cross, which relies on donations of time, money and blood to fulfill its humanitarian mission.

 

It doesn’t take a cape or superpowers to be a hero. By donating blood, eligible donors can help save the lives of patients in need. Those who are unable to give blood can support blood donations by organizing a blood drive, volunteering to assist with Red Cross activities, or creating a SleevesUp virtual blood drive online at redcrossblood.org/SleevesUp and asking others to make a lifesaving donation.

 

To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities

 

NJ

 

Hunterdon

 

Flemington

3/19/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Hunterdon Central Regional High School, 84 Route 31

Mercer

 

Princeton Township

3/17/2015: 12:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Central New Jersey Blood Donation Center WB, 707 Alexander Road, Central New Jersey Chapter

3/20/2015: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Central New Jersey Blood Donation Center WB, 707 Alexander Road, Central New Jersey Chapter

3/21/2015: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m., Central New Jersey Blood Donation Center WB, 707 Alexander Road, Central New Jersey Chapter

3/24/2015: 12:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Central New Jersey Blood Donation Center WB, 707 Alexander Road, Central New Jersey Chapter

3/27/2015: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Central New Jersey Blood Donation Center WB, 707 Alexander Road, Central New Jersey Chapter

3/28/2015: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m., Central New Jersey Blood Donation Center WB, 707 Alexander Road, Central New Jersey Chapter

3/31/2015: 12:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Central New Jersey Blood Donation Center WB, 707 Alexander Road, Central New Jersey Chapter

 

Trenton

3/22/2015: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., St. Mary’s Cathedral, 16 Bank Street

 

West Windsor

3/29/2015: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Congregation Beth Chaim, 329 Village Road East

Middlesex

 

Edison

3/21/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Edison VFW Post 3117, 57 National Road

3/21/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., New Dover United Methodist Church, 687 New Dover Road

Monmouth

 

Manasquan

3/30/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., JP Morgan Chase Branch Office, 2500 Route 35 and Lakewood Road

 

Tinton Falls

3/26/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., American Red Cross, 1540 W. Park Avenue

3/26/2015: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., American Red Cross, 1540 W. Park Avenue

 

Ocean

 

Beach Haven

3/19/2015: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Beach Haven Volunteer Fire Department, South Bay Avenue

 

Manahawkin

3/27/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Moose Lodge, 120 Route 72

 

Stafford

3/23/2015: 12:30 p.m. – 5 p.m., The Ocean Club, 700 Main Street

3/23/2015: 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., The Ocean Club, 700 Main Street

 

Toms River

3/18/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., TR Hotel, 290 Route 37 East

3/26/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Silverton Fire Company, 15 Kettle Creek Road

3/30/2015: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., American Legion Post 129, 2025 Church Road

 

Union

 

Elizabeth

3/30/2015: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Alexander Hamilton Academy, 310 Cherry Street

 

 

How to Donate:
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. 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.How to donate blood

 

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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Urgent need for Donations after 200+ Blood Drive Cancellations

— Following round after round of snow, freezing rain and arctic cold in many parts of the country, the American Red Cross has an urgent need for eligible blood and platelet donors to give now to help restock its shelves.

 

March storms forced the cancellation of more than 200 blood drives, resulting in nearly 7,000 uncollected blood and platelet donations. This shortfall follows more than 26,400 uncollected blood and platelet donations in February due to severe weather across 27 states. Despite the weather, hospital patients still rely on transfusion.

 

“Blood products are being delivered to hospitals almost as quickly as they come in,” said Guy Triano, donor recruitment director of the Red Cross Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region. “Donors who give now aren’t just restocking our shelves, they are making sure hope continues to be available for patients in need.”

 

Residents in unaffected areas can help the Red Cross restock its shelves immediately. As a national network, the Red Cross can help ensure blood products are available for patients at local hospitals as well as hospitals throughout the country.

 

The Red Cross urges donors of all blood types to make and keep appointments in the coming days. Platelet donors, as well as blood donors with the most in-demand blood types – O negative, A negative and B negative – are particularly encouraged to give now to help replenish the blood supply.

 

Platelets help prevent massive blood loss and are a vital part of cancer and organ transplant treatments. With a shelf life of just five days, platelet donations are especially needed. Eligible donors with types O negative, A negative and B negative blood are encouraged to donate double red cells where available. During a double red cell donation, two units of red cells are collected while most of the plasma and platelets are returned to the donor.

 

To find a convenient donation opportunity and schedule an appointment, donors can download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

County      City                    State   Location                                  

Hunterdon Flemington NJ 3/19/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Hunterdon Central Regional High School, 84 Route 31
Mercer Princeton Township NJ 3/13/2015: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Central NJ Blood Donation Center WB, 707 Alexander Rd.
Mercer Princeton Township NJ 3/14/2015: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m., Central NJ Blood Donation Center WB, 707 Alexander Rd.
Mercer Princeton Township NJ 3/17/2015: 12:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Central NJ Blood Donation Center WB, 707 Alexander Rd.
Mercer Princeton Township NJ 3/20/2015: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Central NJ Blood Donation Center WB, 707 Alexander Rd.
Mercer Princeton Township NJ 3/21/2015: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m., Central NJ Blood Donation Center WB, 707 Alexander Rd.,
Mercer Trenton NJ 3/12/2015: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Mercer County Tech Schools Assunpink Center, 1085 Old Trenton Rd
Mercer Trenton NJ 3/22/2015: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., St. Mary’s Cathedral, 16 Bank Street
Middlesex Edison NJ 3/21/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Edison VFW Post 3117, 57 National Road
Middlesex Edison NJ 3/21/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., New Dover United Methodist Church, 687 New Dover Road
Middlesex Iselin NJ 3/16/2015: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Woodbridge Township Ambulance & Rescue Squad, 77 Queen St.
Ocean Beach Haven NJ 3/19/2015: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Beach Haven Volunteer Fire Department, South Bay Avenue
Ocean Lakehurst NJ 3/11/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Lakehurst Community Center, 207 Center Street
Ocean Lakehurst NJ 3/11/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Lakehurst Community Center, 207 Center Street
Ocean Toms River NJ 3/18/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., TR Hotel, 290 Route 37 East
Somerset Basking Ridge NJ 3/15/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Bridgewater Gurdwara, 977 Washington Valley Road
Union Summit NJ 3/16/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Red Cross, 695 Springfield Avenue

 

 

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. 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.

 

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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Princton Cemetery & Morven Museum

An eclectic collection of colorful historical figures is laid to rest in what is known as the Westminster Abbey of America.  They include most of Princeton University’s Presidents, President a Vice-President of the United States, military officers and various politicians.  After lunch, we will get a docent led tour of the house that had served as our governor’s mansion for nearly four decades.  We will see a landmark exhibition that is the first to focus on the contributions of New Jersey in the creation of schoolgirl needlework.

Bring a lunch, dress for the weather and be prepared for walks on uneven ground and climbing stairs.  Additional costs are $5.00 for the docent led tour of Morven and any purchases in the gift shop.

Pick up:  Wells Mills county Park, Waretown

Date:  Wednesday, October 15 from 9 am to 4:30 pm

$14.00 pp

Ages 9 to adult

www.oceancountyparks.org

 

Red Cross: Add Blood Donation To-Do List

The American Red Cross asks blood and platelet donors to help prevent a summer shortage by making an appointment to roll up a sleeve around the Independence Day holiday.

With blood and platelet donation appointments currently lower than what is needed to maintain a sufficient blood supply, donors of all blood types are urged to schedule an appointment now, especially those with types O negative, B negative and A negative.

The Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood donations every day to meet the needs of patients across the country. This can be challenging during the summer months of June, July and August, when an average of two fewer donors schedule an appointment to give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need. This seasonal challenge can be overcome if just two more donors – above what is expected – make an appointment and give blood at each Red Cross blood drive the rest of the summer.

“Vacations and other summer activities often conflict with donation appointments for regular blood donors, which makes summer a very difficult time to collect blood donations,” said Anthony C. Tornetta, External Communications Manager, Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region. “Donations decline further near summer holidays like Independence Day. A blood or platelet donation now can help sustain an adequate blood supply this summer.”

To encourage more people to make time to donate blood before and after Independence Day, all presenting blood and platelet donors from June 30 through July 7 will receive a commemorative Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

Visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to find a nearby blood donation opportunity or schedule an appointment.

How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. 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.

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 visit us on Twitter at@RedCross.

 

Check Megan’s Law Website For Information On Sex Offenders

THE END of the school year is an ideal time to check the Megan’s Law website for up-to-date information on known sex offenders, said Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari.

“Children are home and will be spending more time outdoors enjoying the summer weather,” Vicari said. “For peace of mind, this is an ideal time to review the state’s sex offender list for any individuals that may be living in your community.”

The database lists up-to-date information on all convicted sex offenders who are residents of the Garden State.

Towns, counties, zip codes and even individual streets can be easily reviewed.

More advanced checks allow users to input the names of convicted sex offenders or check only newer records.

“This only takes a few minutes and can make a big difference in keeping a child safe,” Vicari said.

Vicari also suggested periodically checking the Megan’s Law database throughout the year.

“It’s important to know what dangers a child may encounter when they travel to and from school,” he said. “It’s also essential that they learn to avoid strangers and how to react if they are approached by an adult they do not know.”

If a child is approached by a stranger in a car, they should be taught to run the opposite way – towards the rear of the car. This way, the driver will have to first turn around before they can pursue the child, Vicari said.

The database can be accessed through a link on the Ocean County Government Homepage at www.co.ocean.nj.us. The page can also be accessed directly at www.njsp.org/info/reg_sexoffend.html.

MADD Testifies in Favor of Lifesaving Ignition Interlock Legislation

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will testify before the Assembly Appropriations Committee urging their support of A 1368 on Monday, June 23rd at 9 AM. A 1368, introduced by Assemblywoman Stender, will require ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers, including all first-time offenders. Similar legislation has been passed in 23 states and these states have recognized a significant reduction in drunk driving deaths.

“MADD believes ignition interlocks for all offenders is the best solution to eliminate drunk driving across the Nation. New Jersey lawmakers have the opportunity to advance this lifesaving legislation that will protect the public from drunk drivers,” said MADD New Jersey Volunteer and National Board Member Steven Benvenisti, Esq., Partner at Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, PC, who was almost killed by a drunk driver when he attended The College of New Jersey.

Drunk driving is a violent crime. And, drunk deaths are 100 percent preventable. Yet in 2012, 164

people in New Jersey were killed in crashes caused by a drunk driver—representing 28 percent of all traffic fatalities. In addition to the extraordinary emotional burden for victims, drunk driving deaths are an unnecessary economic hardship for New Jersey, costing the state and taxpayers $1.1 billion in 2012.

Research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that (1) requiring interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers saves lives and is effective in reducing drunk driving recidivism by 67 percent; (2) license suspension alone is no longer a practical way to deal with drunk drivers, as 50 to 75 percent of convicted drunk drivers will continue to drive even with a suspended driver’s license; and (3) first-time convicted DUI offender is not a first time drunk driver

but rather has driven drunk at least 80 times prior to being arrested.

Currently in New Jersey, interlocks are required for all repeat and first-time convicted drunk drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .15 or greater.  Passage of A 1368 would require a first-time convicted drunk driver with a BAC of .08 to .14 to use an ignition interlock for a period of three to twelve months unless a Judge determines that aggravating factors dictate that a license suspension would be more appropriate.  The last third of the time on the interlock must be violation free or the offender will have the time on the interlock extended. A 1368 will help change behavior separate alcohol from driving. Interlocked offenders are able to their jobs and provide for their families.

“MADD’s number one legislative priority is to pass lifesaving laws to ensure the public’s safety and eliminate drunk driving. A 1368 makes sense, ignition interlocks for all offenders will save lives,” continued Benvenisti.

States that are enforcing all-offender ignition interlock laws, such as Arizona and Oregon, have seen a reduction in DUI deaths by 43 to 42 percent, largely due to these comprehensive laws requiring all drunk drivers to receive an interlock.

For more information on interlocks, please visit madd.org/interlock.

About Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Founded in 1980 by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking. With the help of those who want a safer future, MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® will end this danger on America’s roads. And as one of the largest victim services organizations in the U.S., MADD also supports drunk and drugged driving victims and survivors at no charge, serving one person every 8.6 minutes through local MADD victim advocates and at 1-877-MADD-HELP.  Learn more at www.madd.org  or by calling 1-877-ASK-MADD.