Bikur Cholim, a nonprofit Lakewood medical assistance organization, and the Lakewood Police Department, are sponsoring a blood drive in the Court Room of the Lakewood Municipal Building, 231 Third Street, Lakewood, Wednesday, January 6 from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Appointments are optional but appreciated. Donors should allot ½ hour from the time they arrive to donate until they leave. To schedule an appointment, visit https://donate.cjbcblood.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/39954 or call 888-71-BLOOD (888-712-5663).
Donors must be healthy, at least 17 years old or be 16 with parental consent, weigh at least 120 pounds, and present a signature ID. Remember to eat and drink plenty of fluids before donating blood.
According to Heshy Horowitz, one of the coordinators of Bikur Cholim, more than 70 people donated blood during two previous blood drives this year, which means more than 200 lives were saved.
“Even if you are not involved in saving lives day-to-day, this is a simple way to help save another person’s life. Donating blood is such an easy experience. You sit in a chair and a few minutes later you walk out, knowing you have saved three lives.”
For more information visit www.lrbcol.org or call 732-905-3020.
About Bikur Cholim of Lakewood: Founded in 1991, Bikur Cholim of Lakewood, 93 Prospect Street, Lakewood, is a nonprofit medical assistance organization that provides many services. Volunteers supply Kosher meals and maintain pantries in hospitals so family members and patients can have kosher food while they are at the hospital; and they send meals to the homebound and elderly. Bikur Cholim offers patient advocacy and helps families navigate their way through medical terminology. Hospital staff will often call members of Bikur Cholim to answer questions about the sensitive needs of the Jewish community. Bikur Cholim also provides transportation; and free loans of medical equipment up to a month or two, including wheelchairs, oxygen machines, hospital beds, and suction machines, among other equipment.
Bikur Cholim maintains a seven-day-a week, 24-hour hotline and services 10 hospitals, including CentraState, Community Medical Center, Deborah Heart & Lung, Jersey Shore Medical Center, Monmouth Medical Center, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus, Ocean Medical Center, and Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center, among others.