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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.

Blood Reserves Challenged by Patient Demand

nj blood services

 

 

 

 

11/2/14       Magen David of West Deal, 395 Deal Road, Ocean 11:00 am to 3:30 pm

New Jersey Blood Services, a division of New York Blood Center (NYBC) is asking for help to maintain an adequate supply of all blood types, but especially O-negative – the “universal” blood which can be transfused into anyone in an emergency.  In addition, hundreds of additional blood drives need to be scheduled to meet projected hospital demand.  Current inventory of several blood types is running below the desired target level.

 

“It’s simple:  hospital patient demand for blood often outpaces our best efforts to recruit donors and schedule blood drives,” said NYBC Executive Director of Donor Recruitment Andrea Cefarelli.  “There are always reasons but we have to overcome that for the sake of hospital patients who need us.”

 

“This is one of the toughest times of the year,” Cefarelli added.  “We’re asking for our dedicated supporters to roll up their sleeves to make sure we’re able to provide our hospital partners with whatever they need to take care of their patients.”

 

Blood products have a short shelf life – from five to 42 days, so constant replenishment is necessary.  Each and every day there are patients who depend on the transfusion of red blood cells, platelets and plasma to stay alive. But blood and blood products can’t be manufactured. They can only come from volunteer blood donors who take an hour to attend a blood drive or visit a donor center.

To donate blood or for information on how to organize a blood drive
Please call Toll Free: 1-800-933-2566
Visit:
www.nybloodcenter.org

If you cannot donate but still wish to participate in bringing crucial blood products to patients in need, please ask someone to donate for you, or consider volunteering at a local blood drive.

Any company, community organization, place of worship, or individual may host a blood drive. NYBC also offers special community service scholarships for students who organize community blood drives during summer months. Blood donors receive free mini-medical exams on site including information about their temperature, blood pressure and hematocrit level. Eligible donors include those people at least age 16 (with parental permission or consent), who weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, are in good health and meet all Food & Drug Administration and NY or NJ State Department of Health donor criteria. People over 75 may donate with a doctor’s note.

The American Red Cross and Suburban Propane Encourage You to Fuel Your Community This June by Donating Blood

The American Red Cross and Suburban Propane are teaming up once again to help ensure the community blood supply remains strong, by encouraging donors to schedule a generous blood donation this June.

The month-long “Fuel Your Community” campaign aims to raise awareness among Suburban Propane employees, customers, and the population as a whole about the need for blood, which is an essential component for patient care in area hospitals.

Throughout June, Suburban Propane volunteers will also assist with 38 blood drives in the Northeastern United States, reminding everyone that the need for blood never takes a vacation.

“Cancer patients, those fighting blood diseases, and accident victims depend on donors to ensure that our blood supply remains stable as summer donations decline,” said Anthony C. Tornetta, Spokesman, Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region. “The Red Cross and Suburban Propane encourage people to roll up your sleeve to donate blood and bring hope to their communities.”

Summer travel and activities often conflicts with donation appointments for regularly scheduled donors.  In fact, during the months of June, July and August, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than is needed.  Blood cannot be manufactured.  The only source is a generous volunteer.

“The Fuel Your Community Campaign gives Suburban Propane a chance to give back and help save lives during the summer months when blood donations typically drop.  Dozens of our employees will help promote, recruit, and donate at blood drives from Maine to South Carolina,” said Mark Wienberg, Suburban Propane Chief Operating Officer. “The need for blood is constant.  Our employees are very proud to participate in this on-going partnership with the American Red Cross.”

Choose your day to make a difference through a generous blood donation so patients and hospitals will be better assured to have this lifesaving product readily available to them all summer.  All presenting donors during the month of June will be eligible to win a $200 gift card courtesy of Suburban Propane.

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.