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Donate Blood in Westfield at Kessler Rehabilitation Aug. 12

Jackie Lieberman

Friday, August 8, 2014 • 10:00am

WESTFIELD, NJ — Kessler Rehabilitation Center at 190 Elm Street will host a community blood drive on Tuesday, Aug. 12, from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by Westfield-based caring and crisis hotline CONTACT We Care and Weichert, Realtors.

Summertime blood drives like this one help keep blood supplies from falling short during a critical time, as schools and colleges close for the summer and many employees take summer vacations, according to the New York Blood Center.

“We have been sponsoring quarterly blood drives at Kessler for over a year now and would love to break our record,” said Kessler Senior Physical Therapist Laurie Liss. “One person can help save a life.”

To donate blood you must be between 17 and 76 years old, or 16-year-olds can donate with parental consent form and those over 76 can donate with a doctor’s note. Bring ID and proof of age.

Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds and meet other requirements. Most medications will not make you ineligible to donate. It is recommended that donors eat before arriving. For donor eligibility questions, call 800-933-2566.

For an appointment, call 800-933-2566 or go to NYBloodCenter.org. Use group code 67205. Walk-ins welcome.

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