Princeton Township to Host Blood Drive

Princeton Township will host a blood drive Wednesday, Sept. 7, as part of its “Lose to Win” employee health and wellness campaign.

Timing couldn’t be better for the blood drive, with blood banks across the Northeast reporting shortages of blood as a result of Hurricane Irene. Officials are encouraging area residents to sign up to donate blood.

The blood drive is being coordinated by the police department. It will be conducted by the Community Blood Council of New Jersey, a local organization that routes donated blood back to local hospitals rather than a central blood bank. Police said this means that blood that you donate may very well end up at the University Medical Center at Princeton to help a member of the Princeton community.

If you are interested in donating blood, the ‘bloodmobile’ will be in the front lot of the police headquarters at the township municipal building starting at 3 p.m. on Sept. 7.  Donations are by appointment, and the process typically takes 20 minutes.

Appointments are every half hour beginning at 3 p.m., with the last appointment at 7 p.m. To schedule an appointment, contact Sgt. Michael Cifelli via email at mrcifelli@princeton-township.nj.us and provide your name and your preferred time.

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