Summer months are desperate times for area blood banks, with supplies down to a day's reserves, according to Community Blood Services.
"Summer months are difficult," Robert Hatch Senior/Lead Account Manager Community Blood Services said, noting high school drives make up about 18-20 percent of donations.
Plus there are vacations to consider. "The population in this area dips dramatically on weekends due to people going down the shore.”
To combat shortages, several blood donation drives are scheduled throughout Bergen County to ensure that the transfusion needs of area patients are met.
The drives are held with the Bergen County Community Blood Drives in cooperation with Community Blood Services.
Appointments for any drive can be made by calling 201-251-3703.
- Aug. 2: Lodi National Night Out, 1 Memorial Drive. Mobile unit, 4:30-8:30 p.m. Free $5 Dunkin Donuts Gift Card for donors.
- Aug. 8: Dumont Calvary United Methodist Church, 185 W. Madison Ave. Bloodmobile, 3-8 p.m. Free $5 Dunkin Donuts Gift Card for donors.
- Aug. 8: Hasbrouck Heights Borough Hall, 320 Boulevard. Bloodmobile, 1:30-5:30 p.m.
- Aug. 26: Fort Lee Ambulance Corps Recreation Center, 1500 8th St., 2-8 p.m.
- Aug. 30: Bergen County Court House, 10 Main St. Hackensack, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
- Aug. 30: Care One, 221 County Road, Cresskill. Bloodmobile, 1-6 p.m.
Anyone 18 and older who is healthy can donate and there is no age limit. Teens 16 and 17 need parental permission.
Donors should eat a moderate meal before donating and must bring identification. No social security number is needed.
Community Blood Services is one of the largest independent blood centers in the region, supplying blood and blood products to more than 20 hospitals in Bergen, Passaic, Hudson, Morris, Essex and Union counties in New Jersey.
Community Blood Services has branches in Paramus, Allendale, Lincoln Park and Montvale.
Frequently Asked Questions can be found here.