Red Cross Seeks Blood Donations to Offset Seasonal Decline

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to help offset a seasonal decline in donations and prevent a shortage this summer by giving blood.

 

During June, July and August, there are about two fewer donors than needed at each Red Cross blood drive. This can add up to more than 100,000 fewer donations during the summer. Many schools that host blood drives are out of session, and vacation schedules can make regular donors less available – both contributing to the seasonal decline.

 

Donors of all blood types – especially those with types AB, O negative, A negative and B negative – are needed to help ensure blood products are available to hospital patients this summer. Type AB donors have the universal plasma type, which can be given to patients of all blood types. Plasma helps maintain blood pressure and supplies critical proteins for clotting immunity. It is often needed for burn, trauma and cancer patients.

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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

Hunterdon

Flemington

8/10/2015: 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., YMCA Hunterdon, 144 West Woodschurch Road

Ringoes

8/3/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Living Waters Lutheran Church, 11 Old York Road

Mercer

East Windsor

7/18/2015: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Weichert Realtors, 417 Route 130

Hamilton

7/29/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 1200 Klockner Road

Hamilton Square

7/21/2015: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Nottingham Fire Company, 200 Mercer Street

Lawrenceville

8/13/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Fortis Institute, 2572 Brunswick Pike

Pennington

7/31/2015: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Capital Health Medical Center-Hopewell, One Capital Way

7/31/2015: 7 a.m. – 12 p.m., Capital Health Medical Center-Hopewell, One Capital Way

Princeton

8/1/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad, 237 N. Harrison Street

8/11/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Boston Properties, 101 Carnegie Center Drive

8/14/2015: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Pavilions at Forrestal, 5000 Windrow Drive

Princeton Junction

7/16/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Princeton Junction Firehouse, 245 Clarksville Road

Titusville

7/16/2015: 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Johnson & Johnson Titusville Campus, 1125 Trenton-Harbourton Road

Trenton

7/23/2015: 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Saint Bartholomew Lutheran Church, 1746 S. Clinton Avenue

Middlesex

Cranbury

7/19/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Jeevar Ashram/Jet USA, 222 Dey Road

East Brunswick

7/18/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Brunswick Hills Obstetrics & Gynecology, 620 Cranbury Road

7/18/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Certifications for Life, 4 Cornwall Drive

8/10/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Boston Properties, One Tower Center Boulevard

8/9/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., VFW Post 133, 485 Cranbury Road

Edison

7/26/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn, 50 Raritan Center Parkway

New Brunswick

7/25/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church, 39 Morris Street

8/6/2015: 2 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Rutgers University Student Center, 126 College Avenue

Parlin

8/15/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Aquatics & Fitness Center, 333 Cheesequake Road

Monmouth

Freehold

8/4/2015: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m., Adelphia Fire House No. 2, 993 State Route 33

Neptune

8/8/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Word of Faith Church of God, 108 Fortunato Place

Oakhurst

8/1/2015: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Raymour and Flanigan, 1606 Highway 35

Red Bank

8/11/2015: 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Chapin Hill, 100 Chapin Avenue

8/11/2015: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., Lunch Break, 121 Drs. James Parker Boulevard

Somerset

Basking Ridge

8/2/2015: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., St. James Roman Catholic Church, 184 S. Finley Avenue

8/6/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Pulte Group/ Pulte Homes of NJ, 222 Mount Airy Road

Hillsborough

8/9/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Hillsborough Fire Department 2, 375 Route 206

Raritan

7/16/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.-Raritan Campus-Janssen, 1000 Route 202 South, OMP Building

Skillman

7/16/2015: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Johnson & Johnson South, 199 Grandview Road

7/21/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Johnson & Johnson Orchard, 23 Orchard Road, Town Hall

Union

Rahway

8/14/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Ebenezer Africian Methodist Episcopal Church, 253 Central Avenue

Roselle Park

8/1/2015: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Roman Catholic Church of the Assumption, 113 Chiego Place

Summit

7/20/2015: 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.