There will be a blood drive on Monday, September 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the City Hall Fire House, at 27th Street and Avenue C. The drive is co-sponsored by the Bayonne Fire Department and the Bayonne Police Department, and is taking place to respond to the critically low blood supply. Area blood banks are short of all blood types, so all blood types are welcome in this drive. Supplies of the following blood types are especially low: O negative, O positive, A negative, and B negative.
The blood drive will also feature a bone marrow registry drive. Blood donors will have the option to be screened for a bone marrow match. Bone marrow registry participants must be at least 18 years old.
Health officials asked prospective donors to bring signed or picture identification and to know their Social Security numbers. Any adult who is physically able is welcome to donate blood. Prospective donors who are 16 or 17 years old may donate blood, if they can produce completed parental consent forms that are available from the Blood Center of New Jersey. In order to prevent donors from being weak after giving blood, drive organizers are asking donors to eat a meal beforehand. Health professionals will screen prospective donors before blood is drawn. There will be a free cholesterol check for all blood donors.
For more information, please call the Blood Center of New Jersey at 1-800-652-5663, ext. 100. Anyone who has traveled recently outside of the United States, or who has other eligibility questions, should call 973-676-4700, ext. 132.