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Help Build the Summer Blood Supply,
Gat a Stop & Shop Gift Card!


June 27 & 28, 2014

 

Volunteer blood, platelet and plasma donors are needed more than ever during the summer months when the supply traditionally dips as a result of fewer blood drives and more donors starting vacation.

Donors who make lifesaving donations on Friday, June 27 in the Paramus or Montvale donor rooms, or on Saturday, June 28 in the Paramus or Lincoln Park donor rooms, will receive a Stop & Shop gift card as a thank you for their lifesaving donations.

Donors can donate at the Paramus Donor Center in the Bergen Medical Center, 1 West Ridgewood Avenue, on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. or in Montvale, 102 Chestnut Ridge Road, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Or they can donate in Paramus on Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. or at the Lincoln Park donor center, 63 Beaverbrook Road, Suite 304 from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“We need to start building up the blood supply now to combat summer shortages that result from donors being away, no high school blood drives and fewer corporate drives,” said Karen Ferriday, director of community affairs at Community Blood Services. She noted that high school drives alone account for 10 percent of the blood supply during the year.

All blood types and products are needed, especially O negative, the universal blood type. AB and O male plasma, used to treat trauma victims, and platelets, used to treat patients diagnosed with cancer or other blood disorders, are also needed. Platelets only have a shelf life of five days so they must continuously be replenished.

Please call 201-251-3703 or click here to make an appointment to donate. Walk-ins are welcome but an appointment is needed to donate platelets. Community Blood Services also offers additional convenient donation sites and mobile blood drives.

Whole blood donors must be 17-75 years old (16 years old with parental consent) and weigh at least 110 pounds. Donors also receive complimentary non-fasting cholesterol and glucose health screenings at the time of their donations.

Community Blood Services provides blood and blood products to more than 18 hospitals in New Jersey and New York State, including Hackensack University Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Healthcare System in Paterson/Wayne and The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood.


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