Senator Vin Gopal Urges Community To Donate Blood

Senator Vin Gopal is urging all eligible donors to donate blood to the American Red Cross.

The American Red Cross is facing a dangerous national blood shortage and is in urgent need of blood and platelet donors to avoid delays in administering life-saving medical care to patients. Donors who schedule an appointment with the American Red Cross now through December 19 will receive a $5 Amazon Gift Card.

“If you are an eligible donor, please seek out the nearest American Red Cross and make a donation today,” said Senator Vin Gopal.

“I urge everyone here in Monmouth County, and throughout the state, to answer this dire call to action. Your donation could be the difference between life and death for a patient battling an illness or injury. It is imperative that we ensure the American Red Cross has fully stocked stores of blood so that patients across the country can receive the treatments and surgeries they need. This holiday season, give the gift of life. Donate today.”

Whole blood donors may only donate blood every 56 days and must be in good health, be age 16 or older and weigh at least 110 pounds.

Platelet donors may donate every 7 days up to 24 times per year and must be in good health, age 17 or older and weigh at least 110 pounds.

AB elite plasma donors may donate every 28 days up to 13 times per year and must be in good health, age 17 or older and weigh at least 110 pounds.

To learn more about the American Red Cross and how you can give back, please visit their website at
Volunteer blood drive hosts are also needed to prevent future shortages. Fewer blood drives in recent months, coupled with the rash of hurricanes we saw this year, led to thousands of blood and platelet donations going uncollected. If you are interested in hosting a blood drive in your community to support the American Red Cross, please contact the American Red Cross today.