In partnership with Mayor James Davis, New Jersey Blood Services (NJBS) will host a community blood drive in Bayonne on August 25. Residents can donate much-needed blood starting at 12 p.m. at the Bayonne Museum at 229 Broadway.
NJBS, a division of the New York Blood Center, is calling on the community to make appointments to visit donor centers as COVID-19 has fundamentally changed the process of donating blood.
Before COVID-19, mobile blood drives hosted by high schools, colleges, businesses and other organizations made up about 75 percent of the region’s blood supply, but the number of blood drives has dropped by two-thirds this year due to the pandemic.
Donations are typically lower during the summer. The return to school usually helps make up the difference and stabilize the blood supply. In the past, school and college drives have resulted in 75,000 blood donations during each school year.
NJBS does not anticipate that boost this year due to many school districts, including Bayonne’s, going to virtual instruction.
NJBS hosed a limited number of drives this summer but not enough to support area hospitals.
Blood needed urgently
Blood from volunteers is needed every two seconds to help meet the daily transfusion needs of cancer and surgery patients, accident and burn victims, newborns and mothers delivering babies, AIDS and sickle cell anemia patients, and many more.
Donor centers have expanded capacity and hours of operation.
NJBS asks that donors wear masks and make appointments to help control the number of donors at one time. To make an appointment, visit: www.Tinyurl.com/GiveBloodNJBS
Residents should use sponsor code 70813.
Walk-ins are discouraged and will be accepted only if the flow allows and social distancing can be maintained.
For additional information, call Rosana Tabacki at 917-699-9073.
Donor temperatures will be taken and must be 14 days symptom free if they have recovered from COVID-19.
Volunteers may not donate if they’ve had a positive test or experienced symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14 days. Donors may not donate if they are currently self-quarantined.
Donors must bring a photo ID or a NY Blood Center donor card, as well as to eat before donating blood.
For eligibility requirements, visit: www.nybloodcenter.org, https://www.nybc.org/donate-blood/become-donor/can-i-donate-blood/ or call 1-800-933-2566.
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