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County Executive urges those who can donate to give the gift of life

TRENTON, N.J. -The Trenton-Mercer Airport will be the site of a Community Blood Council of New Jersey (CBC-NJ) blood drive on Tuesday, July 22, 2008, announced Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes. The CBC-NJ Bloodmobile will be conveniently located in the airport's Main Terminal Building parking lot all day, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and all eligible Mercer County residents are urged to give the gift of life, Hughes added.

The Community Blood County of New Jersey notes that blood supplies typically dwindle during the summer, just when the need for blood increases.

"Summer blood shortages have unfortunately become a common occurrence," said Janet R. DiStefano, CBC-NJ account representative. "People are on vacation, they are traveling, relaxing, and just enjoying some downtime. However, the need for blood never diminishes. Someone needs blood every three seconds. In the United States, 32,000 pints are used each day."

Founded more than 30 years ago, the CBC-NJ is the primary provider of blood and blood products in central New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania. Over 95 percent of blood collected stays within the state of New Jersey, and only blood that meets the highest safety standards is utilized.

Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes considers the airport's participation as just one more example of how County government can be a partner to various agencies and organizations to make a positive impact in the community.

"We have a unique ability in County government to lead, to facilitate, to aid, to support many worthwhile efforts,'' Hughes said. "Participation in the CBC-NJ blood drive is certainly a prime example of how County government can create partnerships for the good of our residents. I urge everyone to take part."

Aaron T. Watson, Mercer County Director of Transportation and Infrastructure, agreed.

"Blood drives like these are so very important, particularly this time of year when supplies are low. In our own personal lives we never expect the need to arise, but if a loved one finds themselves in a critical situation, we can be grateful that there are organizations like CBC-NJ that can supply life-saving blood," Watson said.

Trenton-Mercer Airport Manager Justin Edwards is expecting a good turnout for the blood drive. "The CBC-NJ blood drive generated a lot of interest in the past at the airport," Edwards said. "Our tenants, our staff, our visitors are all like family here. When the call goes out, they will respond in force, especially for such a good cause."

If you would like more information about the blood drive, or would like to make an appointment to donate, please contact Jack Stoffa, Airport Operations and Safety Officer at (609) 883-6086, or by email at jstoffa@mercercounty.org.