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Give the Gift that Can Save Three Lives and
Feed a Family on Thanksgiving Day -- Donate Blood

Date: November 15, 2006
Contact: Diane Concannon, Public Relations Director 609.951.2116; (cell) 609.206.4043

PRINCETON, NJ, November 15, 2006 – There are many benefits to donating blood – helping cancer patients, accident victims, and premature infants to name a few. There’s also that good feeling you get when you’re helping someone who may be in a life or death situation.

But here’s one more.

On November 18th, from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the American Red Cross of Central New Jersey’s Blood Donor Center will be holding a “Thanks for Giving” blood drive. The “Thanks for Giving” event will match each blood donation made during the drive with a turkey given in the blood donor’s name to a local family in need (Note: Turkey recipients were previously identified through the local Red Cross Chapter).

The Blood Donor Center, located at 707 Alexander Road in Princeton, is one of the 13 collection sites participating in this American Red Cross Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region event. (Complete list of participating collection sites can be found at

The goal of the “Thanks for Giving” event is to collect enough units of blood to build the blood supply for the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend. To set up an appointment to donate blood or for more information, please call 1-800-GIVE LIFE or (1-800-448-3543).

Twenty-four hours a day, the Penn-Jersey Region supplies lifesaving blood and medical support to more than 100 hospitals in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Most healthy people who are at least 17 years old and weigh 110 pounds or more are eligible to donate every 56 days. Donors can give blood at any one of nearly 200 bloodmobiles sponsored by business and community groups in New Jersey and in southeastern Pennsylvania weekly, or at one of nine community donor centers. To make an immediate appointment for an American Red Cross blood drive this week, please call 1-800-GIVE LIFE (1-800-448-3543), or visit to find a listing of community blood drives.

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