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Give Blood in Honor of World Blood Donor Day
Call to Action Encourages Blood Donations This Summer


June 12-14, 2014

 
p>Community Blood Services encourages all eligible donors to donate blood to help save lives in their community in honor of World Blood Donor Day, which is celebrated by countries around the world on June 14.

“Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood, yet a very small percentage of those eligible to give actually donate on an annual basis,” said Karen Ferriday, community affairs director at Community Blood Services. World Blood Donor Day raises awareness about the need to donate and thanks its volunteer donors for their donations.

Donors who help the blood center celebrate by giving the gift of life on the days leading up to World Blood Donor Day on Thursday or Friday, June 12 and 13, at the Paramus or Montvale donor rooms, or on World Blood Donor Day on Saturday, June 14 at the Paramus or Lincoln Park donor centers, will get a “You’re Full of it – Give Blood” T-shirt. Donors also will receive limited-edition Nexcare bandages inspired by the artistic movements of impressionism, contemporary art, pop art and street art that demonstrate this year’s theme “The Art of Giving.” In addition, donors on those days will be entered into a raffle to win a Keurig Mini Brewer.

Call 201-251-3703 for hours and locations and to schedule your blood, platelets or plasma donation or click here to schedule online.

World Blood Donor Day comes at an important time each year. During the summer months, the nation’s blood supply is strained due to fewer donations because of increased vacation schedules and other seasonal distractions. World Blood Donor Day reminds people around the world to donate and enables them to help make an impact in ensuring an adequate blood supply during this time of year.

“Here in New Jersey the need for blood donors has never been more important. Last year alone more than 100,000 units of blood had to be purchased outside of the state because of the shortage in local donations,” Ferriday said. “World Blood Donor Day helps us bring the community together to make a difference and help to save lives.”

This year, World Blood Donor Day’s campaign, “safe blood for saving mothers,” is designed to raise awareness about why timely access to safe blood products worldwide helps prevent maternal deaths. Many patients who require blood transfusions are mothers who experience complicated childbirths that can require numerous transfusions.


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