Winter Blood Donations: New Jersey Red Cross · Central Jersey Blood Center · Community Blood Services · New Jersey Blood Services · Vitalant
Basic Requirements of blood donation:
Must be at least 16 years old (16- and 17-year-olds must bring a signed permission form from a parent or guardian, if required by state or school).
Weigh at least 110 pounds.
Be in good general health.
Bring your ID—something with your name and one of the following: date of birth, donor ID number or your photo.
You must wait eight weeks between whole blood donations. Learn more about specific intervals for other types of donation.
You should not be under the influence of alcohol or recreational drugs at the time of donation.
For your safety and to ensure a positive donation experience, make sure you eat within two hours ahead of your donation.
Drink plenty of water that day and 24 to 48 hours beforehand. Feel free to help yourself to something to eat and drink in the donor refreshment area.
Founded in 1943, Vitalant is one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit transfusion medicine organizations. It comprises a network of nearly a dozen community blood centers.