ROSELAND, NJ - For the fourth year, Roseland Boro will be hosting a blood drive to honor the events of 9/11. Anyone interested in donating blood is invited to drop in at Borough Hall for "Roseland Remembers 9/11" on Thursday, Sept. 11, between the hours of 1pm and 7pm. Prospective donors must bring with them a signed identification card or a photo ID.
The event is organized each year by a committee led by Lisa Loprete-Duthie. This year the committee has donated a $50 Visa gift card; all donors will be entered into a raffle for the prize-drawing.
Donors who wish to schedule a specific appointment so they can be sure they will be seen right away should call 201-251-3703. Borough Hall is located at 19 Harrison Avenue, Roseland.
“On Thursday, I will be donating blood again this year
Blood Donation Process
The event will be organized by Community Blood Services which supplies blood and blood products to more than 30 hospitals in the New Jersey-New York region. The donation process includes registration, a brief medical screening, the blood collection and time for refreshments afterwards. The entire time needed usually takes about one hour.
Sterile disposable equipment is employed to take each donor’s blood with a brand new needle for each blood donation. There is no risk of getting any disease from giving blood; once the blood is taken, the needle is destroyed.
General Donor Requirements
Community Blood Services lists the following information for prospective donors:
Medical Screening Process
Vaccine Waiting Period
Flu, Tetanus and Lyme vaccines have no waiting period at all. There is a three day waiting period for donors who receive the Hepatitis B vaccine. There is a 30 day waiting period for those donors who have had the following vaccinations:
Medications Not Permitted
Anyone on medication will need to provide its name so the healthcare professional can evaluate it. Persons who are using the following medications will not be permitted to donate blood:
Due to concerns over Malaria and Mad Cow Disease, those who have traveled to the following locations will be screened and possibly deferred:
Prior to its being used, the blood donation undergoes rigorous testing procedures. In addition to blood typing, the tests include screening for hepatitis, syphilis, and HIV. One unit of blood can be separated into red cells, platelets, and plasma and may end up going to three separate individuals:
“I am grateful to my wife Lisa for organizing
Borough of Roseland
Mayor John Duthie
19 Harrison Avenue
Roseland, N.J. 07068