Summer Blood Shortage and Fourth of July Need

Central Jersey Blood Center (CJBC) is issuing a critical alert to all New Jersey residents regarding an ongoing blood shortage in the state of New Jersey and a call to action to donate blood this coming week.

The Fourth of July holiday week and the summer months always usher a significant drop in blood donations, yet the need for lifesaving blood may actually increase during this time. In an effort to ensure a stable blood supply for our region during this critical time, Central Jersey Blood Center is offering a free Fourth of July donor-themed t-Shirt (while supplies last) and a 300-point bonus to their Rewards for Life Program for every donor who gives blood from July 1 – 6, 2014 at one of the three donor centers in Shrewsbury, Howell, or Toms River.

All eligible blood donors are advised to schedule their donation appointment in advance by visiting www.cjbcblood.org/donate or by calling 1-888-71-BLOOD (1-888-712-5663).

UNDERSTANDING THE NEED FOR ONGOING BLOOD DONATION

Each year, 4.5 million Americans would die without blood transfusions. Every two seconds, someone needs blood and car accident victims can require red blood cell transfusions of 50 units or more. Children being treated for cancer, premature infants, and children having heart surgery need blood and platelets from donors of all types. Some patients with complications from severe sickle cell disease receive blood transfusions every month — up to four units at a time. A patient could also be forced to pass up a lifesaving organ if enough compatible blood is not available to support the transplant.

If people gave blood just one more time each year, shortages would be prevented.

Join in the fight to save a life by scheduling your donor center appointment at www.cjbcblood.org/donate or call 1-888-71-BLOOD (1-888-712-5663).

Central Jersey Blood Center is one of New Jersey’s longest-standing non-profit community blood centers dedicated to saving lives by providing safe, high quality blood products and services to patients in need. Learn more at www.cjbcblood.org or call 732-842-5750.