NEW JERSEY – Due to the coronavirus pandemic and winter weather, New Jersey Blood Services is urging the public to donate blood as they are severely low on supply.
Since the beginning of the pandemic in March of 2020, nearly all high schools, colleges, offices, and other community groups have had to cancel their blood drives. Now with winter storms arriving, collecting blood has become even more difficult.
“Winters are typically a difficult time of the year for blood collections, however this winter has been extraordinarily hard with the COVID-19 pandemic and record snowfall keeping folks indoors,” said Andrea Cefarelli, Senior Executive Director. “Please make an appointment to donate. You could be saving a life.”
Through the month of February, New Jersey Blood Services is giving blood donors the chance to get free antibody testing at any fixed donor center and all mobile blood drives.
Donations are by appointment only and can be scheduled by calling 1-800-933-2566 or visiting nybc.org.