Donate blood for World Blood Donor Day

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The American Red Cross seeks eligible donors to give blood in honor of World Blood Donor Day, June 14, and throughout the summer to help ensure a sufficient blood supply for patients in need.

Summer is an especially difficult time to collect enough blood to meet the needs of hospital patients. Many schools that host blood drives are out of session during the summer, and regular donors are often vacationing, potentially making them less available to give.

World Blood Donor Day highlights the constant need for donors – during the summer and throughout the year. Those who come to donate blood with the Red Cross from June 8 to 14, will receive a limited-edition bandage in one of eight globally inspired designs in honor of World Blood Donor Day.

Donors of all types – especially those with types O-negative, A-negative and B-negative blood – are needed.
To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 800-733-2767.

Upcoming blood-donation opportunities are at the following times and places:
• June 15, from 2 to 7 p.m., American Red Cross, 695 Springfield Ave., Summit.

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, 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.

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