NJ Blood Services Celebrates Mother’s Day with Free Planters

Honor mothers this weekend by donating blood

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MORRIS COUNTY — Celebrate your favorite mom by donating blood and as a thank you, New Jersey Blood Services (NJBS) will be giving out free planters to all presenting donors Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend.

Mothers lose about one pint of blood when giving birth and NJBS donors ensure that blood is available for new mothers and their babies. NJBS is encouraging folks to donate in honor of mothers over the holiday weekend. The blood supply has suffered over the last month as schools went on spring break and families took vacations. Currently, NJBS is low on blood types O-, B- and B+.

“Mothers deserve a thank you every day and this week we’re proud to celebrate them with planters that will grow to be beautiful flowers,” said Andrea Cefarelli, Senior Executive Director at New Jersey Blood Services. “Whether it is your actual mom or even your neighbor, teacher or co-worker, donate blood in honor of all moms and help us to replenish the region’s blood supply.”

Participating in blood drives include on Saturday, May at Morris Plains Community Center, 51 Jim Fear Drive, Morris Plains from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Folks can also stop by their local donor center to donate blood and receive a planter over the holiday weekend at the following locations:

It only takes one hour to donate, and a single donation can save multiple lives. Roughly one in seven hospital admissions requires a blood transfusion. Those in need include cancer patients, accident, burn, or trauma victims, transplant recipients, surgery patients, chronically transfused patients suffering from sickle cell disease or thalassemia, and many more.

To make an appointment at this blood drive, donors can call 1-800-933-2566 or click here.

Founded in 1964, New York Blood Center (NYBC) is a nonprofit organization that is one of the world’s largest independent, community-based blood centers. NYBC, along with its operating divisions Community Blood Center of Kansas City, Missouri (CBC), Innovative Blood Resources (IBR), Blood Bank of Delmarva (BBD), and Rhode Island Blood Center (RIBC), collect approximately 4,000 units of blood products each day and serve local communities of more than 75 million people in the Tri-State area (NY, NJ, CT), Mid Atlantic area (PA, DE, MD, VA), Missouri and Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, Rhode Island, and Southern New England. NYBC and its operating divisions also provide a wide array of transfusion-related medical services to over 500 hospitals nationally, including Comprehensive Cell Solutions, the National Center for Blood Group Genomics, the National Cord Blood Program, and the Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute, which — among other milestones — developed a practical screening method for hepatitis B as well as a safe, effective and affordable vaccine, and a patented solvent detergent plasma process innovating blood-purification technology worldwide.