Paramus Child and Others in Need to Benefit
On April 12th Riverside Square, the upscale shopping center located in Hackensack, NJ and Community Blood Services of Paramus, NJ will hold a "United For Life" blood drive at Riverside Square, where retail merchants and shoppers can donate blood and help fight the area's ongoing blood shortage.
This blood drive will also directly benefit a Paramus child who requires regular blood transfusions.
Kimberly Edson of Paramus, a 7-year-old with a rare blood disorder who requires blood transfusions every three weeks, will directly benefit from the drive. Kimberly, who will be present at the Riverside Square drive, has helped increase public awareness of the pressing need for an adequate blood supply.
"We encourage all shoppers and merchants of Riverside Square to make an appointment to donate blood on April 12," said Brenda Haas, marketing director of Riverside Square. "With the severe and constant shortage in our area's blood supplies, it is important that everyone who is able take an hour out of their day to participate."
The drive will take place from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Community Room, lower level at Riverside Square, and fulfills a commitment Riverside Square made to Community Blood Services after the September attack on the World Trade Center.
Door prizes that will be offered to blood donors by Riverside Square include: two Continental Airlines tickets to be used anywhere in the United States, a gift certificate from Pottery Barn, and two tickets to the Broadway play Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Community Blood Services provides blood and blood products to 32 hospitals in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris and Passaic counties in New Jersey, as well as to hospitals in New York City, and Orange and Rockland counties in New York.
In order to meet the current needs of the hospitals it serves, Community Blood Services should have a minimum of a one-week supply of blood at all times. Lately, it has only had a one- to two-day supply. Whole blood donors must be 18- to 75-years-old (17 with parent's permission), and weigh at least 110 pounds.
A not-for-profit organization, Community Blood Services is not affiliated with the American Red Cross. It is a member of America's Blood Centers (ABC), a network of non-profit community blood centers located in 45 states, which collects about half of the U.S. blood supply
For more information on eligibility or to make an appointment to donate at the Riverside Square Blood Drive on April 12, please call CBS at 201-251-3703.
Riverside Square (www.shopriverside.com), located on Route 4 West at Hackensack Avenue, five miles from the George Washington Bridge and two miles east of the Route 4 & 17 interchange, is an upscale shopping center. Riverside Square offers shoppers an experience that is anything but ordinary. Among Riverside Square's 70 specialty stores are Bloomingdale's, Saks Fifth Avenue, Pottery Barn (largest in the nation), Tiffany & Co., Victoria's Secret, Gap, Coach and Louis Vuitton in addition to The Cheesecake Factory and Houston's Restaurant. Riverside Square is open 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. The restaurants are open Sundays.