Save Lives Through Giving Tuesday Blood Drive

November 21, 2013

SOMERSET MEDICAL CENTER ENCOURAGES COMMUNITY TO RECOGNIZE

GIVING TUESDAY

Blood Drive, Giving Tree Offer Opportunities to Make A Difference

SOMERVILLE, NJ, Nov. 21, 2013 -- Black Friday is for hitting the stores, Cyber Monday is for shopping online…but this year, Giving Tuesday holds a special place for sharing.

Part of a growing movement, Giving Tuesday – the Tuesday after Thanksgiving -- is designed as a break from the consumerism of the holiday season.

On Tuesday, December 3, Somerset Medical Center invites you to give back by donating blood, making a gift to honor a loved one or simply giving your extra change to help support your community hospital.

Save Lives Through Giving Tuesday Blood Drive

There is currently a blood shortage, and collections typically drop during the holidays and winter months, so Somerset Medical Center is conducting a special Giving Tuesday blood drive on December 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the DeSapio Building, 92 East Main Street in Somerville.

“There are thousands of people in our community who are looking forward to spending this holiday season with their friends and family thanks to life-saving blood transfusions they received at Somerset Medical Center this year alone,” said Blood Donor Program Supervisor Christia Keyte, “They will get to enjoy another holiday because someone gave 30 minutes to roll up their sleeve.”

Blood donation is safe, efficient and all blood donated through the Giving Tuesday Drive will directly benefit patients at Somerset Medical Center and Steeplechase Cancer Center. Each unit of blood has the potential to save two lives.

“We spend a lot of time each year trying to pick out the perfect gift for family and friends, but there’s great promise in knowing that the simple act of donating blood is enough to save the life of someone in your community,” said Nicole Greco, blood donor recruiter, “It’s really the ultimate ‘Secret Santa.’”

Blood donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh 110 lbs. (16-year-olds may donate with parental consent and have to weigh at least 120 lbs.) The process is safe, efficient and only takes about 30 minutes.

“We really encourage people who have been out of the habit of donating or who have always thought about it but never tried it,” said Keyte, “Goodwill often takes a little bravery and a little sacrifice but we all seem to have a little extra to spare this time of year.”

Potential donors with questions about health eligibility, medications or the process in general are urged to call 908-685-2926 to speak with a member of Somerset Medical Center’s Blood Donor Program. All calls are confidential. Donors will receive refreshments, a thank you gift and entry into the Super Community Blood Drive sweepstakes for Super Bowl tickets.

Honor Loved Ones Through Somerset Medical Center’s Giving Tree

For individuals who cannot donate blood, there are other ways of helping Somerset Medical Center. You can make a donation to support the medical center by going to www.smcfoundation.com and clicking on the Giving Tuesday logo.  Your support helps Somerset Medical Center provide quality care and services that change people’s lives.

Somerset Medical Center Foundation’s Giving Tree offers a way to honor a loved one or a friend.  By making a donation to the medical center, an ornament will be added to the Giving Tree located in the main lobby of the hospital. A letter announcing your gift will be sent to the honoree and signage displayed next to the tree will let everyone know you’ve included Somerset Medical Center in your holiday giving.

If you are at the medical center on Tuesday, Dec. 3, you may also donate your extra change from purchases in the Cafeteria or Good Day Café to support the medical center.

To make a donation to Somerset Medical Center Foundation, please call 908-685-2885 or visit smcfoundation.com.