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Ocean City and American Red Cross Hold City Blood Drive

Ocean City, NJ - Ocean City has once again teamed up with The American Red Cross Penn-Jersey Region to host a city-wide

blood drive to be held Friday, October 24th from 9am-3pm at the Ocean City Civic Center at 6th and the Boardwalk.

The American Red Cross Penn-Jersey Region recently issued a blood supply alert for New Jersey and southeastern Pennsylvania. All blood types are needed; however there is a critical need for Type O blood. Brigid O'Neill-LaGier, Chief Executive Officer of the Penn-Jersey Region, is appealing to people in the community to donate blood. "The blood supply is a community resource; a resource that solely relies on volunteer donors in communities across the country. Locally, we are at risk of not being able to provide enough blood of certain types needed to support patient care."

The American Red Cross supplies nearly half of the nation's blood supply to hospitals through 35 blood service regions across the country. Although the Red Cross system is able to ship blood when and where it is needed, volunteer blood donors of all blood types are needed everyday to replenish and sustain the blood supply both nationally and locally. "When one region or area of the country experiences low blood supplies, it puts a strain on the entire blood collection system, which could ultimately affect patient care locally," says O'Neill-LaGier.

To donate blood through the American Red Cross, individuals must be at least 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in general good health. Appointments for the City's blood drive are preferred. To make an appointment please contact Joann Cioeta at (609) 525-9363 or sign up at the City Hall reception desk, Monday thru Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm. For more information and eligibility requirements for blood donation, please call 1-800-GIVE LIFE or visit www.pleasegiveblood.org.