TRENTON — In honor of Wednesday being National Blood Donation Day the American Red Cross has scheduled a series of blood drives across the state this week.

Blood and platelet donations are needed for patients with a variety of medical conditions, including accident and burn victims, surgical patients and those being treated for cancer are just a few of the people who benefit from blood donations.

"Giving blood is a wonderful way to serve your community and help patients at the same time," said Alana Mauger, communications manager for the Red Cross Penn Jersey Blood Services region. "With the Red Cross recovering from a critically low blood supply during much of the summer, now is the perfect time to give."

To learn more about donating blood and who is a viable donor check out the Red Cross website or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Some people who were not eligible in the past may be viable now, according to Mauger.

Blood drives being held across the state include:


9/5/2018: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., VFW Post No. 1817, 142 Riverbank Road

9/4/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Cinnaminson Branch Library, 1619 Riverton Road

9/5/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., VFW Post No. 3020, 1125 S. Fairview St.
9/8/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Chick-Fil-A, 1301 Fairview Blvd.

9/6/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., South County Regional Branch Library, 35 Cooper Folly Road

9/5/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Magnolia Public School, 420 N. Warwick Road

9/4/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Washington Township Ambulance and Rescue Association, 4 Willow St.
9/7/2018: 10:30 a.m. - 8 p.m., Jefferson Washington Township Hospital, 435 Hurffville-Cross Keys Road

9/6/2018: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., The College of New Jersey, Decker Hall, 2000 Pennington Road
9/6/2018: 2:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Abiding Presence Lutheran Church, 2220 Pennington Road
9/7/2018: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., The College of New Jersey, Decker Hall, 2000 Pennington Road

New Brunswick
9/2/2018: 7 a.m. - 12 p.m., New Brunswick Seventh Day Adventist Church- New Brunswick, 339 Livingston Ave

Basking Ridge
9/2/2018: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., St. James Roman Catholic Church, 184 S. Finley Ave.

Those wishing to donate must bring either a blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification to the donation site. Donors must be 17-years-old in most states, or 16 in states where parental consent is allowed. Donors should also be at least 110 pounds and generally in good health.


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