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Red Cross Calls For
Blood Donors Before
The Holiday Season

By on November 5, 2017
NEW JERSEY –  With the busy holiday season approaching, the American Red Cross encourages donors to give blood now to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients this winter.
Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, many regular donors delay giving due to holiday activities and travel. This often decreases the amount of donated blood available for patients.
More donations are needed in the weeks leading up to the holidays to help stock the shelves for patients like Emily Bratton. After the birth of her first child, she received several units of blood.
“I know that my life was saved because someone, somewhere, was willing to donate their blood,” said Bratton. “There aren’t words to describe how incredibly thankful I am that people are willing to donate blood to help a stranger.”
Give patients in need another reason to be thankful – make an appointment to give blood. Download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Upcoming blood donation opportunities Nov. 1-15 in Northern New Jersey:
American Red Cross Blood Donation Center
Northern New Jersey Donor Center
209 Fairfield Road, Fairfield
Tuesday: 12:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday: (1st and 3rd of each month) 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
11/7/2017: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., Ridgewood YMCA, 112 Oak St.
11/9/2017: 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., American Red Cross, 63 Park St.
Upper Montclair
11/6/2017: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Montclair State University, Student Center, 1 Normal Ave.
11/8/2017: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Elks Lodge No. 74, 1005 Washington St.
Jersey City
11/12/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., The Beacon, 20 Beacon Way
11/14/2017: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., Avalon Cove, 444 Washington Blvd.
Florham Park
11/14/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., The Villa at Florham Park, 190 Park Ave.
11/12/2017: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Assumption School, 63 Macculloch Ave.
11/13/2017: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., William Paterson University, Student Center, 300 Pompton Road
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from a computer or mobile device. To get started and learn more, visit and follow the instructions on the site.
Volunteers needed
Another way to support the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross is to become a volunteer transportation specialist and deliver lifesaving blood products to local area hospitals. Volunteer transportation specialists play a very important role in ensuring an ample blood supply for patients in need by transporting blood and blood products. For more information and to apply for a volunteer transportation specialist position, contact contact Nancy Tobin at 215-451-4229 or or visit
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.