From staff reports
In wake of the March 14 snowstorm that pummeled the East Coast, the American Red Cross is calling for all eligible blood and platelet donors to give in order to help offset the shortfall in donations.
More than 100 Red Cross blood drives across the eastern United States were canceled due to the extreme winter conditions that left much of the tri-state area under ice and snow. These cancellations resulted in a shortfall of nearly 4,500 blood and platelet donations on March 14 alone.
“The need for blood does not get a snow day,” said Alana Mauger, communications manager for the Penn Jersey Blood Services Region “For those in storm affected areas, please come out to donate when travel is safe. For those in unaffected areas, please help restock the blood shelves for patients now.”
In the Diocese of Trenton, upcoming blood donation opportunities include:
• American Red Cross Blood Donation Center
Central New Jersey Donor Center
707 Alexander Road, Suite 701, Princeton Township
Tuesdays: 11:45 a.m.-7 p.m. (whole blood & platelet pheresis)
Fridays - Sundays: 7:15 a.m.-3 p.m. (whole blood & platelet pheresis)
March 23: 2:30 - 7:30 p.m., Abiding Presence Lutheran Church, 2220 Pennington Road
• Tinton Falls
March 23: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., American Red Cross, 1540 W. Park Ave.
March 22: 2 - 7 p.m., Atlantic Heights, 900 Barnegat Blvd.
March 24: 2 - 7 p.m., Faith Community United Methodist Church, 526 Route 9
• Forked River
March 22: 2:30 - 7:30 p.m., Lacey High School, 73 Haines St.
March 25: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Vitamin Shoppe, 237 Stafford Park Blvd.
March 31: 1 - 6 p.m., Moose Lodge, 120 Route 72
• Toms River
March 30: 2 - 7 p.m., Silverton Fire Company, 15 Kettle Creek Road
All blood types are needed, organizers say. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.
To make a donation appointment or for more information, visit redcrossblood.org, call 800-733-2767 or download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App.