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
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)
6/17/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Eden Autism Services, 4 Crossroads Drive, Suite 100
6/21/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Korean Calvary United Methodist Church, Community Building, 572 Ryders Lane
6/20/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., St. James Episcopal Church, 2136 Woodbridge Avenue
6/27/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Woodbridge Hills, 400 Hampton Lane
6/22/2015: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Allenhurst Boro Hall, 125 Corlies Avenue
6/16/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Manasquan United Methodist Church, 23 Church Street
6/25/2015: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Manahawkin United Methodist Church, 116 Stafford Avenue
6/29/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Moose Lodge 399, 1801 Bay Avenue
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.