On Tuesday, May 10, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., the Montclair Branch NAACP Health Committee will collaborate with the Mayor’s Wellness Initiative, Sickle Cell Association of NJ, and the Montclair Women’s Club to answer the urgent call to replenish blood supplies in New Jersey. The event will take place at the Montclair Women’s Club, 82 Union Street, Montclair, NJ.
Blood donors can make an appointment by visiting www.nybc.org/njdrive. Use group code 71133 or text (917) 699-9073. For more information, please contact NAACP Health Committee Chair Rosita Dotson at 973-462-3530 or Anita Clark at 973-744-3701.
According to the American Red Cross, every two seconds healthcare providers across the nation depend upon critical blood supplies to help save lives. Nearly 29,000 units of red blood cells, 5,000 units of platelets and 6,500 units of plasma are needed on a daily basis. Blood donations are used to meet the needs of car accident victims, a Sickle Cell patient in crisis, someone in the ICU, or patients suffering from leukemia and other types of cancer.
NAACP President Roger S. Terry, Sr., stated that “while we are certainly not out of the woods yet, the COVID-19 crisis is an important wakeup call to all of us as to how precious a life is,” and to support local blood drives is an example of how we can give back to the community to replenish vital blood reserves.