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   PO 360
   Trenton, NJ 08625-0360

   For Release:
  July 8, 2002


Clifton R. Lacy, M.D.

For Further Information Contact:
Laura Otterbourg or Marilyn Riley

Governor McGreevey Asks Residents to Donate Blood

TRENTON - With the summer in full swing, Governor James E. McGreevey today urged New Jersey residents to donate blood to help relieve a critical blood shortage in the area's blood banks.

"Every unit of blood donated can help save the lives of four or five people," McGreevey said. "Please make time this summer to donate blood, and consider becoming a regular donor throughout the year."

A five-day supply of blood is considered adequate. Blood centers serving New Jersey report there is currently only a two-day supply of most blood types and less than a one-day supply of type O blood. Type O blood 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.

The nation's ongoing blood shortage worsens during holidays when people are busy with other activities. Historically, donation markedly decreases in the summer around the July Fourth holiday.

"We must have a safe and available blood supply, both for New Jersey's continuing health needs and to draw upon in times of emergency," said Health and Senior Services Commissioner Clifton R. Lacy, M.D. "Please help restore and maintain this supply by donating now and regularly."

Most healthy individuals at least 17 years old, and who weigh 110 pounds or more, are eligible to give blood. Donors may give blood every two months. Seventeen-year-olds currently need parental consent to donate.

To schedule a donation, please call one of the blood centers listed below. The centers have evening and weekend hours and also schedule collections at blood mobiles at various sites.

New Jersey Blood Centers:

American Red Cross/Penn Jersey Region 1-800-GIVELIFE (1-800-448-3543)
Bergen Community Blood Center 970 Linwood Avenue
Paramus, New Jersey 07652
Blood Center of New Jersey 45 South Grove Street
East Orange, New Jersey 07018
Central Jersey Blood Center 494 Sycamore Avenue
Shrewsbury, New Jersey 07702
Community Blood Council of New Jersey 1410 Parkside Avenue
Ewing, New Jersey 08638
NBAH Blood Center Clinical Academic Building
125 Paterson Street
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901
Miller Memorial Blood Center 1465 Valley Center Parkway
Bethlehem, PA 18017
New Jersey Blood Services/ New York Blood Center Division 167 New Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901


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