Two NJ Blood Drives Held At Local Churches
Source: Susan Murphy at Community Magazine (p.46)
Members of Holmdel Community Church of Christ and Colts Neck Reformed Church worked closely with Central Jersey Blood Center to sponsor a NJ blood drive. All of the donations go to area hospitals, which have a constant need for fresh blood. One of the main reasons to donate is because blood is perishable so the hospitals supply needs to be replenished regularly.
Susan Shaw was the coordinator for Holmdel Community United Church of Christ. She set up a table during coffee hour after church services each Sunday in December to recruit donors and offered literature from Central Jersey Blood Center outlining what the NJ blood drive entailed. “This has been done at the church for at least 10 years, usually the first Tuesday in January. We do it at that time because the blood supply is low following the holidays, so the need is greatest,” she explained. Mrs. Shaw expected 30 donors to arrive on January 3 between 3:30pm and 8:00 p.m..
Kathy Rodman and Cathy DellaFera coordinated the blood drive for Colts Neck Reformed Church on January 18, which ran from 3:30 p.m. to9:00 p.m. Prior to donating blood, donors had to register; first time donors completed a form that was entered into the Central Jersey Blood Center’s database. Donors were the screened, which included taking their temperature, blood pressure, and doing a finger stick. Reviewing their medical history was essential before donating.
Mrs. Rodman said the church has held a blood drive twice a year for at least the last eight years. She noted that the final count following the January 18 blood drive was 54 donors and 48 units of blood donated.
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