Roselle Park High School (RPHS) is hosting its Spring Blood Drive this Wednesday, June 13th from 9 a.m. till 3 p.m. at the RPHS gym. The drive is sponsored by the New Jersey Blood Services, which is a division of the New York Blood Center (link).
Chaired this year by RPHS Senior Lindsey Bianco, the 2015 Spring Blood Drive will have a patriotic theme and those who donate blood will have an opportunity – before or after giving blood – to write a postcard that will be sent out to those serving in the American military. Lindsey is assisted by RPHS Seniors Holly Ryan, Sarah Barbosa, and Jessica McGovern in this drive.
The requirements for donating blood are:
- Eat a meal beforehand
- Bring identification
- Be at least 110 lbs.
- Be at least 16-years-old with a content form. 17-year-olds and older do not require one.
The New Jersey/New York area faces a high demand for blood with close to 2,000 donations needed each day. Those who need blood include cancer patients, accident/burn/trauma victims, newborn babies, mothers delivering babies, transplant recipients, surgery patients, chronically transfused patients suffering from sickle cell disease or thalassemia, and many more.