- by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
The blood drive will be administered by The Blood Center of New Jersey and donors will need to supply their social security number on their initial visit or their blood donor ID number. Donors who provide their email address will receive an email in a few days which lists their blood type and cholesterol result.
West Caldwell resident and one of the Blood Drive Organizers
Janet O'Keeffe Burke commented, "The Celtic Sisters, through the partnership of the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh, established this drive six years ago.
Each year we collect over 100 pints of blood to give to the blood bank.
It's always been held the Sunday before Thanksgiving,
and people come out ready to donate as they enter into the holiday season."
a Blood Center spokesperson commented.
"Your fluid volume is back to normal within 24 hours after you donate.
Your white cell count returns to normal within 72 hours.
An adult of average weight has about 10 to 12 pints of blood
so the one taken is hardly missed."
In general, eligible donors must be in good health. There are no upper age limits provided all health requirements are met:
- donors must weigh at least 120 pounds
- 16-year-olds must have a consent form signed by parent or guardian
- donors must wait 8 weeks between blood donations
Donors will be deferred from giving blood if:
- they have had a teeth cleaning, fillings or x-rays within 24 hours
- they have had tooth extraction, root canal or oral surgery within 72 hours
- they have a sore throat, productive cough or fever within 72 hours
- they have traveled to an area considered endemic to Malaria within the past 12 months
- a full list of excluded procedures and medications can be found online here
"There is NO risk of contracting any disease
through donating blood," the spokesperson added.
"Each donor receives their own sterile blood bag and needle,
which is used once, and then safely destroyed."
Persons are not permitted to donate blood in New Jersey if they meet any of the following:
- donor has AIDS or one of its symptoms
- donor is at risk of getting or spreading the AIDS virus
- donor has visited England, Northern Ireland, Gibraltar, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man, Channel Islands or Falkland Islands for a cumulative total of 3 months from Jan. 1, 1980 to Dec. 31, 1996
- donor has visited Europe for a cumulative total of 5 years or more from 1980 to the present
Guidelines Before Donating Blood
- eat meals at usual times
- drink plenty of fluids, preferably non-caffeinated
At the Blood Center, blood samples, drawn in separate tubes at the time of donation, undergo a visual screening for clotting or other abnormalities. In addition, each blood donation is subjected to the following tests:
- ABO grouping
- Rh typing
- irregular antibodies
- hepatitis B surface antigen and antibodies to hepatitis B core antigen
- HCV antibody testing for hepatitis C
- HTLV-1 and 2 antibody screening
- HIV -1 and 2 antibody screening
"People can donate blood every 56 days," Burke stated,
"and we hope they come out.
The Shillelagh Club gives us their home
for the day - we take over the second floor.
Now, because we've grown - the Blood Center also sends their Mobile Unit Van so people won't be kept waiting."
The 5-star Stage Left Restaurant in New Brunswick will be providing a complimentary full Irish Breakfast with all the trimmings to each donor.
"It's really a great day, with a wonderful
community atmosphere at the club." commented Burke.