A pint for a pint

DQ offering a free pint of ice cream to those who donate blood


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Here's a sweet deal for those who donate blood next Friday. Dairy Queen in Newfoundland is hosting the Blood Center of New Jersey blood mobile. Anyone who donates will receive one pint of soft serve ice cream. A pint for a pint, so to speak.

Sixteen year olds can donate with parental/guardian consent. Consent forms will be available at the blood drive and the parent or guardian must accompany the donor.

New Jersey faces continuing shortages of blood donations and must import blood regularly from other states, according to The Blood Center of New Jersey. Donations are needed every day to meet the needs of New Jersey hospitals.

Each unit of blood donated is broken down into several components including platelets, plasma and red cells. One donation can save up to three lives.

The donation process is safe and simple. Donors are first asked medical history questions and given a mini=health check, including pulse, blood pressure and iron level. The actual donation of blood takes between five to seven minutes, and then the donor is given a snack and juice. The entire process generally takes under one hour. Donors also receive a free cholesterol screening.

Donors must weigh 120 pounds and be in general good health. There is no upper age limit for donors provided they meet health requirements. Donors should bring a signed or picture form of identification and know their social security number. They should also eat a meal one hour before donating and drink plenty of water.

People with a fever or sore throat should not donate until they are feeling better. There is a 24-hour deferral for teeth cleanings and fillings.

For more information about eligibility, call the center at 973-676-4700, ext. 132.

The blood mobile will be at the dairy Queen, which is located at 2648 Route 23 North in Newfoundland, from 4 to 8 p.m. All are invited to stop by and donate a pint to get a pint of ice cream.

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