Blood Donor Drive at LBI Library on Sept. 25

Sep 13, 2017

The Long Beach Island branch of the Ocean County Library in Surf City invites people to help make a difference in someone’s life by donating blood to the American Red Cross on Monday, Sept. 25, from 2 to 7 p.m.

Branch Manager Linda Feaster said a critical blood shortage remains and the Red Cross has issued an emergency request for blood and platelet donations. All eligible donors are encouraged to make blood and platelet donation appointments to help ensure blood is available to meet patient needs. Trauma victims, surgery and cancer patients and victims of natural disasters rely on lifesaving blood donations every day.

The Red Cross traditionally holds drives late in the summer as it is a likely time supplies run low, when people are engaged in more outdoor activities and there is a greater possibility of suffering a serious injury.

According to the chapter, prospective blood donors must be in good health, be at least 17 years of age and weigh at least 110 pounds. Prior to the donation, they will be asked questions about their medical history, and also have temperature, pulse and blood pressure checked.

The actual donation takes from eight to 10 minutes. When approximately one pint has been collected, a staff person will place a bandage on the donor’s arm. Following the donation, free refreshments will be available.

Appointments are preferred and may be scheduled in one of the following ways: by registering online at: redcrossblood.org, then enter sponsor code: Ocean County Library LBI Branch; by calling 800-REDCROSS (800-733-2767); or by scanning the QR code on the Blood Drive poster at the LBI Library. —E.E.

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