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Red Cross teams with NFL to urge blood and plasma donation during National Blood Donor Month

The American Red Cross and the National Football League are teaming up this January, during National Blood Donor Month, to urge individuals – especially those who have recovered from COVID-19 – to give blood and to help tackle the national convalescent plasma shortage. Right now, more donors are needed to help hospital patients.
Those who come to donate blood or platelets this month will be automatically entered to win two tickets to next year’s Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles. In addition, those who come to give Jan. 1-20 will also be automatically entered to win the Big Game at Home package for a viewing experience safely at home, with a 65-inch television and a $500 gift card to put toward food and fun.
Individuals can schedule an appointment to give blood by visiting RedCrossBlood.org, using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or activating the Blood Scheduling Skill for Amazon Alexa.
“Blood and plasma donors who have recovered from COVID-19 may have the power to help critically ill patients currently battling the virus,” Dr. Erin Goodhue, Red Cross medical director of clinical services, said in a prepared statement. “With hospital distributions for convalescent plasma increasing about 250% since October, these generous donations are vital in helping to save lives throughout the winter – a time that is often challenging to collect enough blood products for those in need.”
As COVID-19 cases have risen across the U.S., so has the need for convalescent plasma – leading to a shortage of this potentially lifesaving blood product. Like “special teams” units on the field, COVID-19 survivors have a unique ability to make a game-changing difference in the lives of COVID-19 patients. Individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 may have antibodies in their plasma that could provide a patient’s immune system the boost it needs to beat the virus.
How those recovered from COVID-19 can help
There are two ways COVID-19 survivors can help – through a convalescent plasma donation or by simply giving whole blood. Plasma from whole blood donations that test positive for COVID-19 antibodies may be used to help COVID-19 patients. Health emergencies don’t pause for holidays, game days or a pandemic – blood is needed every two seconds in the U.S. to help patients battling injury and illness.
Blood donation safety precautions
To protect the health and safety of Red Cross staff and donors, individuals who do not feel well or who believe they may be ill with COVID-19 should postpone their donation.
Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including temperature checks, social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Central New Jersey
American Red Cross Blood Donation Center – Central New Jersey
707 Alexander Road, Suite 302, Princeton Township
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: 11:45 a.m.-8 p.m. (whole blood and platelet pheresis)
Thursday: 10 a.m.-6: 15 p.m. (whole blood and platelet pheresis)
Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 7:15 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (whole blood and platelet pheresis)
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Mercer
Lawrence Township
1/21/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Quaker Bridge Mall, 3320 Brunswick Pike
1/27/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Church of Saint Ann, 1253 Lawrenceville Road
Pennington
1/16/2021: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Trenton Cyrus #5 Masonic Lodge, 131 Burd Street
Princeton
1/28/2021: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Central Jersey Masonic Center, 345 River Road
Trenton
1/26/2021: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hamilton Council #6213, 1451 Klockner Road
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Middlesex
Dunellen
1/21/2021: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., St. Francis Episcopal Church, 400 New Market Road
Edison
1/19/2021: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., American Legion Post 435, 43 Oakland Avenue
Iselin
1/12/2021: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Woodbridge Township Ambulance & Rescue Squad, 77 Queen Street
Parlin
1/30/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Aquatic & Fitness Center, 333 Cheesequake Road
Piscataway
1/6/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Radisson Hotel Piscataway-Somerset, 21 Kingsbridge Road
Plainsboro
1/22/2021: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center, 1 Plainsboro Road
South Amboy
1/11/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., South Amboy Senior Center, 108 South Stevens Avenue
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Monmouth
Colts Neck
1/20/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Colts Neck Fire Company #1, 123 Route 537
Freehold
1/6/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Freehold Township Senior Center, 116 Jackson Mills Road
1/17/2021: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Freehold Family YMCA, 470 East Freehold Road
1/21/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monmouth County Agricultural Building, 4000 Kozloski Road
1/26/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Freehold Township Senior Center, 116 Jackson Mills Road
Red Bank
1/17/2021: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Red Bank Family YMCA, 166 Maple Ave
Sea Girt
1/21/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. Mark’s Catholic Church, 215 Crescent Parkway
Tinton Falls
1/7/2021: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Jersey Coast Chapter, 1540 W. Park Avenue
1/13/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Jersey Coast Chapter, 1540 W. Park Avenue
1/26/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Jersey Coast Chapter, 1540 W. Park Avenue
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Ocean
Lakehurst
1/13/2021: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Lakehurst Community Center, 207 Center Street
Manahawkin
1/5/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Manahawkin United Methodist Church, 116 Stafford Avenue
1/14/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Beach Haven Moose Lodge 1575, 120 Route 72
1/22/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Perry’s Lake, 4 Princeton Drive
Normandy Beach
1/29/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Dover Brick Beach First Aid, 123 Second Avenue
Toms River
1/6/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Days Hotel by Wyndham Toms River, 290 Route 37 East
1/16/2021: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1500 Hooper Avenue
1/20/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Days Hotel by Wyndham Toms River, 290 Route 37 East
Tuckerton
1/27/2021: 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., Red Men Lodge, 145 West Main Street
Waretown
1/5/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Engel Sprague Senior Center, 239 11th Street
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Somerset
Basking Ridge
1/3/2021: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., St. James Roman Catholic Church, 184 S. Finley Avenue
1/7/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Somerset Hills YMCA, 140 Mount Airy Road
Bedminster
1/26/2021: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Clarence Dillon Public Library, 2336 Lamington Road
Hillsborough
1/10/2021: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Hillsborough YMCA, 19 E. Mountain Street
Manville
2/2/2021: 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., VFW Post 2290, 600 Washington Avenue
Somerville
1/22/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Raritan Valley Lodge #46, 14 North Doughty Avenue
Warren
1/15/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Stonecrest Community Church, 11 Technology Drive
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Burlington
Bordentown
1/26/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Rutgers Eco Complex, 1200 Florence-Columbus Road
Browns Mills
1/12/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., BMIA Building, 40 Arbutus Street
Burlington
1/21/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Burlington Masonic Lodge 32 F&AM, 2308 Mount Holly Road
1/24/2021: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1308 Mt. Holly Road
Chesterfield
1/15/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Old York Country Club, 228 Old York Road
Cinnaminson
1/17/2021: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Temple Sinai, 2101 New Albany Road
Columbus
1/7/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Columbus Grange, 88 Atlantic Avenue
Cookstown
1/28/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., VFW Post 6590, 22 Wrightstown-Cookstown Road
Delran
1/14/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Calvary Church, 317 Conrow Road
Eastampton
1/26/2021: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., First Baptist Church, 1341 Woodlane Road
Edgewater Park
1/6/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Beverly Presbyterian Church, 121 E. Warren Street
Florence
1/16/2021: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Florence United Methodist Church, 209 Broad Street
Hainesport
1/16/2021: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Hainesport Volunteer Fire Company, 106 Broad Street
1/22/2021: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 910 Marne Highway
Marlton
1/18/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. Joan of Arc Church, 100 Willow Bend Road
Medford
1/7/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Medford United Methodist Church, 2 Hartford Road
1/8/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 1 Hartford Road
1/20/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Medford Masonic Lodge 178, 25 Bank Street
Moorestown
1/12/2021: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Virtua, 401 Young Avenue
1/18/2021: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Community House of Moorestown, 16 East Main Street
1/19/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 207 W. Main Street
Mount Holly
1/4/2021: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m., Virtua Memorial Hospital, 175 Madison Avenue
1/23/2021: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 125 Garden Street
Mount Laurel
1/5/2021: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Golder Associates, 200 Century Parkway, Suite C
1/7/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Rowan College at Burlington County Votta Hall, 3331 Route 38
1/9/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Mount Laurel EMS, 201 Masonville Road
1/10/2021: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Adath Emanu-El, 205 Elbo Lane
1/20/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Rowan College at Burlington County Votta Hall, 3331 Route 38
1/21/2021: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Adath Emanu-El, 205 Elbo Lane
Riverside
1/5/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Beverly-Riverside Lodge 107 of F&AM, 621 South Chester Avenue
Riverton
1/15/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Riverton Health & Fitness Center, 600 Main Street, Suite 9
Roebling
1/23/2021: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, 1285 Hornberger Avenue
1/27/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Legion Post 39, 112 4th Avenue
Tabernacle
1/25/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 1 Winchester Court
Willingboro
1/5/2021: 7 a.m. – 12 p.m., First Baptist Church, 216 Sunset Road
1/21/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Corpus Christi Church, 11. S Sunset Road
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