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Make a Life-Giving Blood Donation and
Receive a Stop & Shop Gift Card!

March 16 & 17, 2015


Community Blood Services is asking volunteer donors to bring the “luck of the Irish” to patients in need of life-giving transfusions by donating blood, platelets or plasma in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day this year.

As a thank you, any donor who gives the gift of life on Monday or Tuesday, March 16 or 17 at the Paramus, Montvale or Lincoln Park donor centers in New Jersey will receive a Stop & Shop gift card.

Donors can donate at the Paramus donor center, One West Ridgewood Avenue, Suite 208 on Monday, March 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. or on Tuesday, March 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. They can also donate either day at the Lincoln Park center, 63 Beaverbrook Road, Suite 304 from noon to 7:30 p.m. or in the Montvale donor room, 102 Chestnut Ridge Road (corner of West Grand Avenue) on Monday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. or on Tuesday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Call 201-251-3703 or visit Please www.communitybloodservices.org to make an appointment to donate. Whole blood donors can also just walk in but an appointment is needed to donate platelets.

Ferriday said this stormy winter has created an ongoing shortage of Type O negative blood, the universal blood type that can be used for all other blood types during emergencies like car accidents and for premature babies. Only 7 percent of the population has Type O negative blood which means the supply must continuously be replenished. In addition, she said platelet donors are urgently needed to treat cancer patients, as well as AB male plasma donors for trauma and burn patients.

Donors must be in general good health, 17-75 years old (16 years old with parental consent) and weigh at least 110 pounds. Donors will receive complimentary health screenings, including non-fasting cholesterol and glucose health screenings, when they donate.

Community Blood Services is a not-for-profit organization that provides blood and blood products for patients in 30 hospitals, medical centers and trauma centers in New Jersey and New York, including HackensackUMC, St. Joseph’s Healthcare System in Paterson/Wayne and The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood.

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