PARSIPPANY —Anyone who donates blood, platelets or plasma at Community Blood Services’ Parsippany Donor Center on Sunday, January 31 or Lincoln Park Donor Center on Saturday, January 30 or will receive a complimentary gift card good at one of several restaurants as a thank you for their lifesaving donation.
“We need the help of our volunteer donors to build up the blood supply during the winter months. Last weekend’s predicted snowstorm resulted in canceled drives that negatively impacted the supply,” said Karen Ferriday, director of community affairs at Community Blood Services. “We continue to need platelet donors, as well as types O negative and positive blood donors. Donors who take time out of their busy schedules to donate at one of these centers on those days will get a gift card good at Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s Italian Grill or the Bonefish Grill as our thanks.”
Donors can donate at the Lincoln Park center, 63 Beaverbrook Road, Suite 304 on Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or on Sunday at Parsippany, 1259 Route 46 East, Building #4E, Suite 12, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
To make an appointment to donate, donors can call (201) 251-3703. Walk-ins are also welcome but an appointment is needed to donate platelets. Whole blood donors may be 16-75 years of age (16 and 17 year olds need parental permission) and weigh at least 110 pounds.
“Want to help save even more lives in your community? Call and ask about making a donation using our automated technology,” Ferriday suggested, noting if a donor is eligible he or she can donate more than one unit or blood product at a time.
“This helps us better target and meet the needs of patient in our local hospitals,” she explained.
Community Blood Services is a not-for-profit organization that provides blood and blood products to more than 20 hospitals in New Jersey and New York, including Atlantic Health System hospitals.