Red Cross Urges Blood Donations to Maintain Summer Blood Supply

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American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood in the weeks surrounding Independence Day to help ensure a sufficient blood supply now and throughout the summer.

 

Many summer activities, such as vacations and travel, cause frequent blood donors to be less available to give during the summer. However, hospital patients still depend on volunteer donors to receive lifesaving transfusions – the need for blood does not get a vacation.

 

To encourage more people to donate around Independence Day, all those who come out to donate blood July 2-6, 2015, will receive a Red Cross embroidered hat, while supplies last.

 

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

East Windsor

7/6/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Dunkin Donuts, 395 Route 130 North

Hamilton

7/3/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Chick-Fil-A Hamilton Marketplace, 555 Marketplace Boulevard

7/3/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Chick-Fil-A Hamilton Marketplace, 555 Marketplace Boulevard

Princeton

7/8/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Princeton University, Olden and Williams Streets, Friend Center

Titusville

7/9/2015: 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Johnson & Johnson Titusville Campus, 1125 Trenton-Harbourton Road

 

Middlesex

Iselin

7/5/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Dunkin Donuts, 801 Green Street

 

Monmouth

Manasquan

7/10/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., South Wall Fire Department, 2605 Atlantic Avenue

Neptune

7/8/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., The FoodBank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties, 3300 Route 66

Tinton Falls

7/6/2015: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Jersey Coast Chapter of the American Red Cross, 1540 W. Park Avenue

7/9/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., American Red Cross, 1540 W. Park Avenue

7/9/2015: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., American Red Cross, 1540 W. Park Avenue

7/15/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Red Cross Chapter, 1540 W. Park Avenue

 

Ocean

Lakehurst

7/8/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Lakehurst Community Center, 207 Center Street

7/8/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Lakehurst Community Center, 207 Center Street

Manahawkin

7/2/2015: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Moose Lodge, 120 Route 72

Toms River

7/1/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., TR Hotel, 290 Route 37 East

7/15/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., TR Hotel, 290 Route 37 East

 

Somerset

Basking Ridge

7/5/2015: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., St. James Roman Catholic Church, 184 S. Finley Avenue

Raritan

7/9/2015: 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.-Raritan Campus-Janssen, 1000 Route 202 South, OMP Building

Skillman

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

Union

Cranford

7/2/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Cranford United Methodist Church, 201 Lincoln Avenue East

 

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.