On October 9, the Livingston Fire Department is sponsoring a blood drive from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Fire Headquarters. The department has partnered up with Dunkin Donuts to give a $5 gift card to anyone who donates.
New Jersey is facing continuing shortages of blood donations and must import blood regularly from other states. Donations are needed every day to meet the needs of New Jersey hospitals.
Blood center officials note that each unit of blood donated is broken down into several components including platelets, plasma, and red cells so one donation can save up to three lives.
The donation process is safe and simple. Donors are first asked medical history questions and given a mini-health check, including pulse, blood pressure, and iron level. The actual donation of blood takes just 5 to 7 minutes, and then the donor is given a snack and juice. The entire process generally takes under one hour. Donors will also receive a free cholesterol screening.
Donors must be 16 years of age with a consent form signed by parent/guardian, weigh 120 pounds and be in general good health. There is no upper age limit for donors provided they meet health requirements. Donors should bring a signed or picture form of identification and know their S.S. #. Donating residents should eat a meal one hour before donating and drink plenty of water.
People with a fever or sore throat should wait until they are feeling better before donating, and there is a 24-hour deferral for teeth cleanings and fillings.