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For Release:
November 24, 2004

Clifton R. Lacy, M.D.
Commissioner

For Further Information Contact:
Marilyn Riley
(609) 984-7160


 
Blood Donations Needed Over the Thanksgiving Weekend


 

          TRENTON -- As the state and the nation continue to experience severe blood shortages, Health and Senior Services Commissioner Clifton R. Lacy, M.D. today urged New Jersey residents to make time this holiday season to donate blood.

          “Blood donations are urgently needed before, during and immediately after the four-day Thanksgiving weekend,” Commissioner Lacy said.  “Blood donations typically decline during holiday weekends, but the need for blood persists.”

          “Please consider donating this weekend and becoming a regular blood donor throughout the year,” he added.         

          A five-day supply of blood is considered adequate.  Some blood centers serving the state report that there is less than a one-day supply of Type O blood, which is the most common type and can also be given safely to persons with other blood types.  It is frequently used in emergencies when there is not time to determine a patient’s blood type.

          Last year, New Jersey used 64,000 more units of blood than it collected.  The shortfall was made up by acquiring blood from other states.  However, because of this year’s national blood shortage, this may not be possible.

          Most healthy individuals who are at least 17 years old and who weigh 110 pounds or more are eligible to donate blood.  Donors may give blood every two months. 

          Businesses, community groups, schools and religious institutions are urged to support their neighbors and community by organizing blood drives.              

          To schedule a donation, please call one of the blood centers listed below.  For more information, visit the department’s web site at www.state.nj.us/health and click on the “Give Blood” icon. 

 

American Red Cross

Penn Jersey Region

1-800-GIVE-LIFE

(1-800-448-3543)

Bergen Community Blood Center
970 Linwood Avenue
Paramus, New Jersey 07652

1-201-444-3900

Blood Center of New Jersey
45
South Grove Street
East Orange, New Jersey 07018

1-800-433-6522

 Central Jersey Blood Center
494
Sycamore Avenue
Shrewsbury, New Jersey 07702

1-732-842-5750

 Community Blood Council of New Jersey
1410
Parkside Avenue
Ewing, New Jersey 08638

1-609-883-9750

 NBAH Blood Center
Clinical Academic Building
125 Paterson Street
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901
1-732-235-8100

 Miller Keystone Blood Center
1465
Valley Center Parkway
Bethlehem, PA 18017

1-800-223-6667

 New Jersey Blood Services/ New York Blood Center Division
167 New Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
1-800-933-2566

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