The American Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage, leading to an urgent need for donors of all blood types to donate. Donations were down 8 percent over the last 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected.
In an effort to help maintain the blood supply, Red Crossers in the North Jersey Region rolled up their sleeves during Staff & Volunteer Donation Day on July 29 at the Red Cross Central New Jersey Donation Center in Princeton and the Red Cross Blood Center Northern New Jersey in Fairfield.
Share your good health! Blood donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially needed. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to anyone who needs blood. Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients.
There is also an urgent need for platelet donations. Platelets – a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients, burn victims and bone marrow recipients – must be transfused within five days of donation, so it’s important to have a steady supply of platelets on hand.
With schools out of session and many regular donors busy or on vacation, it’s important to remember that patients don’t get a break from needing blood — the need is constant.
Every day this summer is a chance to give hope to patients in need and their network of family and friends. July 13 marked the half-way point for the Red Cross campaign “100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope.”
Blood and platelet donations are needed now and for the rest of the summer. Individuals who donated blood earlier this summer may now be eligible to donate again and help patients such as accident victims, heart surgery patients and children with blood disorders.
Many people say they don’t give blood or platelets because they were never asked. Consider yourself asked! Please roll up a sleeve and give blood for patients in need and help prevent an emergency shortage.
Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to find a nearby donation opportunity, make an appointment or for more information. In addition to Red Cross blood drives hosted throughout the region, donors can make an appointment to give blood at the region’s donor centers.
707 Alexander Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
Donation Types: whole blood and platelet pheresis
Monday: 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (platelet pheresis)
Tuesday: 12:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (whole blood & platelet pheresis)
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (whole blood & platelet pheresis)
Saturday: 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (whole blood)
209 Fairfield Road
Fairfield, NJ 07004
Donation Types: whole blood
Tuesday: 12:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
First and third Saturday of each month: 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
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 permission 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.