Summer is a critical time for blood donations
FREEHOLD, NJ – One hundred and one units were donated at Monmouth County’s summer blood drive last month, but the Central Jersey Blood Center is still in need of blood donations at this critical time.
“Our hospitals rely on blood drives to keep blood supplies at a safe level,” said Freeholder John P. Curley, liaison to the Monmouth County Health Department. “I thank everyone who donated at MonmouthCounty’s annual summer blood drive and encourage people to help out if they missed our blood drive event.”
“Every single unit is treasured and appreciated,” said Karen Moore, account manager with the CentralJerseyBloodCenter. “We are into our slow period of time with donations, and we are grateful for the County efforts to increase awareness and our blood supply.”
The CentralJerseyBloodCenter provided $10 gas cards to every person who donated blood at the MonmouthCountyAgricultureBuilding.
“Giving out the gas cards as a thank you to our donors helped,” Moore said. “We are still in need of blood donations. I encourage people to call the CentralJerseyBloodCenter at 732-842-5750 to make an appointment that will make a difference.”
Moore reminds donors that they must eat before donating blood, and they must be healthy, at least 17 years old and weigh at least 120 pounds. All equipment is sterile and disposable, and donors can give every eight weeks, if they wish.
“Everyone who is able to do so should give blood on a regular basis, and I know our County employees are always ready to roll up their sleeves and help at each of our blood drives,” Curley said.