The New Jersey Blood Services will host a blood drive at Hudson Church in Guttenberg at 6813 Madison St. The drive will take place on Dec. 18 from 3-9 p.m.
With inclement weather and the holiday season ahead, donating blood is another much-needed method of giving the gift of life. According to New Jersey Blood Services, 2,000 donations are needed on a daily basis to sustain the demand, and one in seven hospital visits require a blood transfusion.
The drive aims to save Zainab, a 2-year-old girl from Florida battling Neuroblastoma. She has a rare blood antigen called Indian antigen b-negative. Ninety-six percent of people have the Indian b antigen, making their blood incompatible with Zainab’s.
According to New Jersey Blood Services, the greatest chance of finding a compatible donor is for anyone of Iranian, Indian, or Pakistani heritage with Type A or O blood to let a staff member know to tag your blood for additional antigen testing.
Regardless of your blood type, any donation can be used to save the lives of cancer patients, trauma victims, newborn babies and their mothers, transplant recipients, surgery patients, and chronically transfused patients suffering from sickle cell disease or thalassemia.