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Make a Difference Nov. 6 at a Blood Drive Near You!

November 6, 2011


Community Blood Services is partnering with the Jewish community this Mitzvah Day to sponsor lifesaving blood drives in four north Jersey communities.

Those drives will be held on Sunday, November 6 at the:

  • Jewish Community Center, E. 304 Midland Ave., Paramus, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Temple Israel, 475 Grove St., Ridgewood, 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Temple Sinai of Bergen County, 1 Engle St., Tenafly, 8:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
  • Glen Rock Jewish Center, 682 Harristown Road, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Donors can schedule appointments to donate at a drive in their area by calling 201-251-3703.

Mitzvah Day is an annual day of caring and sharing that brings together volunteers from throughout the community for a day of service. The volunteers fulfill one of Judaism’s core values, tikkun olam, or “repairing the world,” sharing in community service activities, like these blood drives. Mitzvah Day is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey and coordinated by its Jewish Community relations Council.

“Anyone who takes time out of their busy schedules on Mitzvah Day to donate blood can make a difference in the lives of critically ill patients in our community hospitals,” said Karen Ferriday, director of community affairs at Community Blood Services. “They are truly heroes to those patients in need.”

Ferriday noted the blood center has been operating with less than a two-day supply of blood on the shelves. All blood types are needed, she said, to supply the more than 25 hospitals served by Community Blood Services in New Jersey and New York.

Whole blood donors should bring an id with their signature. Donors must be 17-75 years old (16 years old with parental permission) and weigh at least 110 pounds. Donors will receive complimentary health screenings, including screenings for non-fasting cholesterol and glucose, at the time of their donations.

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