Various members of the Ridgewood police, fire and emergency management departments joined Ridgewood Mayor Jane Reilly (3rd from left) to urge village residents to donate during the village’s “United for Life” blood drive on July 20th from 10am to 3 pm at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 155 Linwood Avenue. Call Community Blood Services in Paramus at 201-251-3703 for an appointment.

A Village United for Life

RIDGEWOOD, NJ – On Saturday July 20th the Ridgewood Blood Donors Association is sponsoring a village-wide blood drive with Community Blood Services of Paramus to help meet the pressing need for blood of all types this summer.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 155 Linwood Avenue (one block west of Graydon Pool). Ample parking is available at the church.

Currently, Community Blood Services has less than a one-day supply of blood on hand for the 34 hospitals it services in northern New Jersey and New York.

“There are very disturbing trends appearing in the blood supply on regional levels,’’ said Dr. Dennis Todd, president and CEO of the blood center. “In the New York metropolitan area we are seeing sustained shortages which ultimately will hurt our community.”

“The summer is the worst time of year for blood donations because many donors go on vacation, making it difficult to maintain an adequate blood supply,” according to Susan Mysliwiec, the center’s donor recruitment director.

The Ridgewood police, fire and emergency service departments, The Valley Hospital and the Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce are co-sponsoring the blood drive.

Mayor Jane Reilly calls the blood drive “an example of the community spirit that our village residents continually exhibit, which represents one of the great strengths of Ridgewood.”

“The village response to our call for blood to meet the needs of one of our colleagues in May brought home to us the generous support we have from our community, “ added Fire Chief James Bombace. “Our department is happy to support this drive, and we urge all village residents who can to participate.”

According to Police Chief William Corcoran, “The Ridgewood Police Department knows the importance of an adequate blood supply to meet the needs of people involved in emergencies to which we respond regularly. We are glad to join with our fellow residents in helping meet this important community need.”

Officers in the department of Emergency Services experience firsthand the need for a ready blood supply to meet the emergency needs of its community. Director Bob Greenlaw calls on “all residents of Ridgewood who can donate blood to do so in this all-village drive so that they and their neighbors will have the protection they require in emergencies.”

While urging the widest possible turnout at the July 20th drive, Kathy Murray, president of the Ridgewood Blood Donors Association, encourages those who are not available to donate that day to call Community Blood Services at 201-251-3703 to make an appointment to donate at the center, 970 Linwood Avenue West, Paramus. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Hours at the center are Monday through Friday, 8am to 8pm and Saturday, 9am to 2 pm. Please mention the Ridgewood Blood Drive when you donate.

Donors must be 18 years old (17 with parental permission), weigh at least 110 pounds, be in general good health and have not donated blood within the past 8 weeks.