WEST CALDWELL, NJ - The West Essex First Aid Squad will be hosting a Blood Drive Wednesday, Aug. 13, from 3pm to 8pm at the squad house. All registered donors will be entered to win one of four $250 Visa Gift Cards. The squad house is located at 642 Bloomfield Avenue, West Caldwell.
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.
"Very little changes after giving blood," a Blood Center spokesperson commented.
New Jersey Requirements to Donate Blood
In general, eligible donors must be in good health. There are no upper age limits provided all health requirements are met:
Donors will be deferred from giving blood if:
"There is NO risk of contracting any disease
Persons are not permitted to donate blood in New Jersey if they meet any of the following:
Guidelines Before Donating Blood
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:
"Our current blood supply is critically low
West Essex First Aid Squad
President: George Carnrick, Jr
Captain: David Black
642 Bloomfield Avenue
West Caldwell, NJ 07006