EDITORIAL: Keep the blood supply full

It’s that time of the summer when camps begin to wind down, summer jobs begin to wrap up, and families find a way to take a vacation out of the area.
But it’s also the time when the Red Cross knows that a blood shortage is coming. The organization has issued a call for blood donors with type O negative, B negative and A negative.
According to the Red Cross, blood donations in June and July are 2,085 behind donations given in the previous 10 months this year.
The Red Cross Penn-Jersey Blood Services has put together a series of donation events in an effort to restock the blood supply. Events in our area are scheduled for Lawrence, West Windsor and Plainsboro. In addition, donors can visit the Central Jersey Blood Donation Center at 707 Alexander Road in West Windsor.
Appointments for all events can be scheduled by visiting redcrossblood.org/give and searching for the most convenient donation time and location.
Please help keep the blood supply from falling dangerously low. Before taking off for vacation, volunteer to help save lives by donating blood or platelets. 