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.