In the face of a significant drop in blood donations across New Jersey, the metropolitan area, and communities nationwide, RWJBarnabas Health is calling on people like you to make a difference. Together, we can eliminate blood shortages by pledging and following through on a simple act: donating blood.

Did you know that one in seven patients entering a hospital will require blood? By becoming a blood donor, you have the power to save lives. In fact, donating blood only takes about 10-15 minutes and can help save up to three lives.

Blood Donors Making Donation In Hospital
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But who can donate blood? If interested in donating, you must:

  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Weigh at least 110 pounds (120 pounds if 16 years old)
  • Present photo identification

But you may not donate if you:

  • Have a history of viral hepatitis at age 11 or older
  • Are recovering from an infectious illness
  • Are in a high risk group (such as individuals with HIV or AIDS)

Donating blood is a straightforward and safe process that can have a profound impact on patients who rely on blood or blood products. As we recognize World Blood Donor Day this month, RWJBarnabas Health invite you to take action, be a hero, and create a healthier future together.

The need for blood is increasing much faster than the number of donors, so your donation of blood can minimize these shortages and help save the life of someone in need. To learn more about donating blood or to find a donation center near you, visit today.

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