ahfas logoATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ  - The Atlantic Highlands First Aid & Safety Squad is sponsoring a community blood drive Monday, July 21, 2014 in honor of local resident, Sue Curry.

The event is being held in coordination with the Central Jersey Blood Center and will take place at the Atlantic Highlands Emergency Services Building at 10 E. Highland Ave, Atlantic Highlands, from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

“Sue Curry is the wife of AHFAS life member Walter Curry, and her need for blood following a recent illness raised our own awareness for the urgent need for blood donors locally,” said AHFAS Chief Jerry Pandolfo. “Sue was helped by the generosity of others. We all felt it was important for those of us in the squad and the community to give back.”

The squad has set a goal to collect at least 30 pints of blood during the event, but would like to do even more.

 

Participating in the blood drive is simple and takes just a short time. Donors need to be 17 years old or older and weigh at least 120lbs. Those participating are required to bring a signature ID and it is suggested they drink lots of water during the day leading up to the event.  For questions and to schedule an appointment during the event please call Beverly Glynn at (732) 291- 3760.

The AHFAS is an all-volunteer organization that responds to emergency medical and rescue emergencies in the community and occasionally the surrounding areas. The squad operates on donations from the borough and the community.

“There is a critical need for blood donations,” said Pandolfo. “According to the folks at the Central Jersey Blood Center, every two seconds someone in the country needs blood that comes from donors. As an organization that survives  only on donations and volunteers, all of us at the AHFAS understand the need to help out. We urge members of the community to call Beverly Glynn today to sign up to donate and help their fellow residents.”

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For information on how you can help call the squad’s non-emergency number at (732) 291-8118.

“This is a great way to possibly help save a life,” said Pandolfo. “Bring a friend.”