Monday, July 11th, 2016

NEED FOR BLOOD THIS SUMMER IS ACUTE

Morristown Medical Center, in conjunction with the Morris County Chamber of Commerce, will host a blood drive on Tuesday, July 19, and is asking for the public’s support to help ensure an ample blood supply for the summer.

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The Morris County Chamber of Commerce’s Community Blood Drive will be held at Heroes Journey Cross Fit at 5 Eastmans Road in Parsippany.

If you are willing to participate and help patients in need of blood at Morristown Medical Center, please feel free to schedule an appointment on line or call 973-971-7444.

Blood donors also can go directly to Morristown Medical Center’ blood donor center if they cannot make the blood drive that day. The phone number to make an appointment at the blood center is 973-971-5621.

The American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for blood and platelets, urging all eligible donors to give now to replenish an extremely low summer blood supply.

Blood donations have fallen short of hospital needs for the past few months, resulting in about 39,000 fewer donations than what’s needed, as well as a significant draw down of the overall Red Cross blood supply. In addition, the Independence Day holiday may have caused many regular donors to postpone donations due to vacation plans.

chamberA recent Red Cross poll revealed that more than 75 percent of donors surveyed indicated vacation plans this summer, many of them occurring the weeks before and after July 4.

“Right now, blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in,” said Beth Toll of the Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region. “Donations are urgently needed now to meet the needs of hospital patients in the coming days and weeks. If you’ve thought about giving blood and helping to save lives, now is the time to do it. It’s the blood donations on the shelves that help save lives when an emergency occurs.”