New Jersey Save3Lives: All in a Day's Work

Commissioner O'Dowd Urges Blood Donations

Video Transcript :

I’m Mary O’Dowd, Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health.

New Jersey is facing a chronic blood shortage. At most times during the year, hospitals in our state have less than a two-day supply of blood on hand.

Your donation can help ensure blood is available when it is needed. Nine out of 10 people will need blood at some time in their lives due to illness, to treat an injury or during surgery.

There is no artificial substitute for blood. By donating blood, you are giving something that is irreplaceable. A single donation – one unit of blood – can save up to three lives.

You can donate blood in a variety of ways: at your workplace blood drive, at a blood drive in your community, or at your nearest blood center or hospital collection site.

Blood donors are needed year around to ensure a stable blood supply for New Jersey’s daily medical and emergency needs.

Giving blood is easy. It takes less than an hour and you’ll be helping others. So please, give the gift of life.


One pint of blood from a single donor may save 3 lives.
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