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The Monthly Blood Drive and the West Milford High School Project Graduation are teaming up this Sunday for a unique St. Patrick's Day event and fundraiser.

Area residents will have the opportunity to do two good deeds at one time when they donate at the Monthly Blood Drive on Sunday, March 16, They can help resolve the current shortage of blood and make a contribution to West Milford Township High School’s Project Graduation, to be held in June.

Community Blood Service, based in Paramus, will make a contribution to Project Graduation‘s fund raising efforts, based on the number of donations collected that day.

“It’s a unique opportunity to help two terrific causes at the same time," explained Jim Gilligan, founder and chairman of the Monthly Blood Drive. “Community has several programs designed to encourage donors but this one is unprecedented — it’s their way to say thanks and give back to the community that has supported them.”

“We’re always on the look out for new ways to encourage donors and when Jim came to us with this promotion we saw it as a no brainer," said Casey Todd, account executive at Community Blood Services. "This meets a lot of the targets we aim for — encouraging young and first time donors, neighborhood-based blood donations and giving back to the communities that support us.”

And of course they will be celebrating the Irish just a day early. All donors are invited to wear green when they "give red." The Traditional Irish Soda Bread Baking Contest will also be held that day. Entry fee is one blood donation.

The Monthly Blood Drive is set for Sunday, March 16, at the West Milford Aid Squad Building, 619 Ridge Road, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. No appointments are required and donors aged 17 and up (or age 16, with a signed consent form from a parent or guardian) can donate. All donors should eat a good meal before donating and bring signed ID. No appointments are required and, added Gilligan, “unlike other drives, we welcome first timers!”

“It would be helpful, but not required, if donors let us know they were coming so we can have the appropriate staff and supplies on hand,” Gilligan added.

Project Graduation is an annual program held on the night of the high school graduation to give seniors a drug- and alcohol-free way to celebrate the occasion. The program receives limited funding from the school and depends on donations and support from various fund raisers.

Any questions, call Gilligan at 973-728-4251 or go to Facebook and ‘Like’, Monthly Blood Drive in West Milford, NJ.

You can also contact Community Blood Services at 201-251-3703 or on line at communitybloodservices.org.

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