Blood drive to be held in Sparta on Oct. 17

Sparta. New Jersey Blood Services says blood supplies are low because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Sparta /
13 Oct 2020 | 04:10

New Jersey Blood Services is holding a blood drive from 7:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, at Saint Kateri Parish, 427 Stanhope Road, Sparta.

“Due to the coronavirus, we are experiencing low blood supplies,” said Marie Forrestal, director of Donor Recruitment and Retention for New Jersey Blood Services. “We urgently need people to make every effort to donate blood.”

Blood products have a short shelf life of five to 42 days, so constant replenishment is necessary. Each day there are patients who depend on the transfusion of red blood cells, platelets and plasma to stay alive. But blood and blood products can’t be manufactured. They can only come from volunteer blood donors who take an hour to attend a blood drive or visit a donor center.

To donate blood or for information on how to organize a blood drive, call 1-800-933-2566 or visit nybloodcenter.org. NYBC also offers special community service scholarships for students who organize community blood drives during the summer. Blood donors receive free mini-medical exams on site, including information about their temperature, blood pressure and hematocrit level.

Eligible donors include those people at least age 16 (with parental permission or consent), who weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, are in good health and meet all Food & Drug Administration and NY or NJ State Department of Health donor criteria. People over 75 may donate with a doctor’s note.