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Red Cross Calls for Blood Donors Before the Holiday Season

 

By Press Release

COURT HOUSE – With the busy holiday season approaching, the American Red Cross encourages donors to give blood now to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients this winter.
Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, many regular donors delay giving due to holiday activities and travel. This often decreases the amount of donated blood available for patients.
More donations are needed in the weeks leading up to the holidays to help stock the shelves for patients like Emily Bratton. After the birth of her first child, she received several units of blood.
“I know that my life was saved because someone, somewhere, was willing to donate their blood,” said Bratton. “There aren’t words to describe how incredibly thankful I am that people are willing to donate blood to help a stranger.”
Give patients in need another reason to be thankful – make an appointment to give blood. Download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Upcoming blood donation opportunities Nov. 1-15 in Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia:
South New Jersey:
American Red Cross Blood Donation Centers:
Camden County Donor Center:
5425 Marlton Pike, Pennsauken
Mon. – Wed.: 11:45 a.m. – 7:45 p.m. (whole blood & platelet pheresis)
Thurs. – Sun.: 7:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. (platelet pheresis)
Pleasantville Blood Donation Center:
850 N. Franklin Ave., Pleasantville
Tues.: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Thurs.: 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Sat.: 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Atlantic County:
Atlantic City:
Nov. 10: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., Golden Nugget, 1 Castle Blvd.
Nov. 15: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Resorts Hotel Casino, 1133 Boardwalk
Egg Harbor Township:
Nov. 6: 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., St. Katharine Drexel Roman Catholic Church, 6075 W. Jersey Ave.
Northfield:
Nov. 10: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Insurance Agencies, Inc., 1601 New Road
Richland:
Nov. 7: 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., St. Augustine Preparatory School, 611 Cedar Ave.
Burlington County:
Beverly:
Nov. 6: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Jesus the Good Shepherd Worshipping at St. Joseph’s Church, 805 Warren St.
Burlington:
Nov. 15: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Doane Academy, 350 W. Riverbank Drive
Lumberton:
Nov. 14: 3:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Lumberton Middle School, 30 Dimsdale Drive
Medford:
Nov. 6: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Medford Care Center, 185 Tuckerton Road
Mount Holly:
Nov. 12: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Mount Holly Moose Lodge, 853 Woodlane Road
Palmyra:
Nov. 10: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Palmyra Emergency Squad, 125 W. Broad St.
Riverside:
Nov. 9: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., F&AM Beverly-Riverside Lodge No. 107, 621 S. Chester Ave.
Willingboro:
Nov. 11: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Cathedral of Love, 139 Beverly Rancocas Road
Camden County:
Erial:
Nov. 1: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Erial Fire Company, 1946 Williamstown Erial Road
Mount Ephraim:
Nov. 14: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., R.W. Kershaw Elementary School, 125 S. Black Horse Pike
Oaklyn:
Nov. 4: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 409 White Horse Pike
Voorhees:
Nov. 3: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., The William G. Rohrer Center for Health Fitness, 2309 Evesham Road
Nov. 10: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m., Virtua Voorhees, 100 Bowman Drive
Cape May County:
Cape May:
Nov. 13: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Convention Hall, 714 Beach Ave.
Rio Grande:
Nov. 4: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Lowe’s Home Improvement, 3171 Route Nine S.
South Seaville:
Nov. 7: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., South Seaville United Methodist Church, 115 Corsons Tavern Road
Villas:
Nov. 3: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Lower Township Branch Library, 2600 Bayshore Road
Cumberland County:
Bridgeton:
Nov. 4: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Maxx Fit Health Center, 110 Cornwell Drive
Vineland:
Nov. 3: 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Vineland City Hall, Council Chambers, 640 E. Wood St.
Nov. 13: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Moose Hall, 187 W. Wheat Road
Gloucester County:
Glassboro:
Nov. 8: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Church of St. Bridget, 125 Church St.
Mullica Hill:
Nov. 2: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Mullica Hill Library, 389 Wolfert Station Road
Nov. 10: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., American Legion Robert W. Mills Post No. 452, 141 N. Main St.
Sewell:
Nov. 7: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Bethel United Methodist Church, 481 Delsea Drive
Nov. 8: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Margaret E. Heggan Free Public Library, 606 Delsea Drive
Nov. 11: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Mantua Township Community Center, 111 Mercer Ave.
Nov. 12: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Church of the Holy Family, 226 Hurffville Road
Swedesboro:
11/3/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. Clare’s Parish, 140 Broad St.
Philadelphia:
American Red Cross Blood Donation Centers:
Philadelphia Donor Center:
700 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia
Mon. – Wed.: 11:45 a.m. – 7:45 p.m. (whole blood & platelet pheresis)
Thurs. – Sun.: 7:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. (whole blood & platelet pheresis)
Northeast Philadelphia Donor Center:
1401 Rhawn St., Philadelphia
Mon. – Thurs.: 11:45 a.m. – 7:15 p.m. (whole blood & platelet pheresis)
Fri. – Sun.: 7:15 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. (whole blood & platelet pheresis)
Philadelphia:
Nov. 1: 9:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., LaSalle University, Student Union Building, 1900 W. Olney Ave.
Nov. 1: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Temple University, Howard Gittis Student Center, 1755 N. 13th St.
Nov. 2: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., University of Pennsylvania, Hillel House, 215 S. 39th St.
Nov. 2: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., The Academy House, 1420 Locust St.
Nov. 3: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Sky Zone, 9490 Blue Grass Road
Nov. 4: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., University of Pennsylvania, Penn Newman Center, 3720 Chestnut St.
Nov. 6: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., University of the Arts, Solmssen Court, 320 S. Broad St.
Nov. 7: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Temple University, Howard Gittis Student Center, 1755 N. 13th St.
Nov. 7: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., University of Pennsylvania, Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter, 3231 Walnut St.
Nov. 7: 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti High School, 1736 S. Tenth St.
Nov. 9: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Imhotep Institute Charter High School, 6201 N. 21st St.
Nov. 10: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Temple University, Howard Gittis Student Center, 1755 N. 13th St.
Nov. 11: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., The Church of St. Alban, 500 Fairthorne St.
Nov. 11: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., St. Martha’s Roman Catholic Church, 11321 Academy Road
Nov. 14: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Drexel University, Kline School of Law, 3320 Market St.
Nov. 14: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Apartments at 2116 Chestnut Street, 2116 Chestnut St.
How to donate blood:
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information.
All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.
Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from a computer or mobile device. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
Volunteers needed:
Another way to support the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross is to become a volunteer transportation specialist and deliver lifesaving blood products to local area hospitals. Volunteer transportation specialists play a very important role in ensuring an ample blood supply for patients in need by transporting blood and blood products.
For more information and to apply for a volunteer transportation specialist position, contact contact Nancy Tobin at 215-451-4229 or nancy.tobin@redcross.org or visit rdcrss.org/driver.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.
For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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