Lincoln High School
Holds Lifesaving Community Blood Drive
May 8, 2012
JERSEY CITY, NJ – Students and faculty at Lincoln High School will gather together on Tuesday, May 8 for a blood drive with Community Blood Services to help ensure blood is available for the patients who need it in their community hospitals.
Biology Teacher Khaled Dardir, who is coordinating the drive with Community Blood Services, says he believes “donating blood offers a lifesaving opportunity to our students. It is important that they understand how valuable it is to donate blood and help our community by running this event.”
The drive, which is open to the public, will be held Tuesday, May 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the high school, 60 Crescent Avenue. To make an appointment to donate, call 201-251-3703. Walk-ins are also welcome but an appointment is recommended.
The high school held its first highly successful blood drive in January, registering 83 generous blood donors.
"Lincoln High School should be commended for its community outreach and activism," said Karen Ferriday, director of community affairs at the blood center. "Those involved in running and promoting this drive are the perfect example of a winning partnership that serves their community's needs."
Ferriday said all blood types are needed to meet the needs of patients in its community. She said there is an urgent, ongoing need for Type O negative blood because it is the universal blood type which can be transfused to any patient in need.
Blood donors must be in good health, 17-75 years old (16 years old with parental consent) and weigh at least 110 pounds. Donors also receive non-fasting cholesterol and glucose health screenings when they donate.
Community Blood Services, a not-for-profit organization based in Paramus, NJ, provides blood and blood products for use by patients in more than 20 hospitals in New Jersey and New York.