Hackensack blood drive planned June 16

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A blood drive will be held from 12:30-6 p.m. Tuesday, June 16, at the Community Building in Hackensack.

Each blood donation can help multiple patients, such as preemies, surgery patients and cancer patients. It’s safe to donate blood if donors are symptom free. The need for blood is ongoing.

By giving blood, donors help replenish the community blood supply that can be used by relatives, friends or neighbors. Blood can be stored for only 42 days, so a continual fresh supply is critical and can only come from volunteer blood donors. Anyone may need blood at any time. In the event of an accident, serious illness or surgery, an adequate blood supply can be the difference between life and death.

Vitalant, formerly United Blood Services, is the sole provider of blood and blood products to patients in almost 70 area hospitals.

To sign up to donate blood, contact Vitalant at 877-25-VITAL or 877-258-4825, text Katie at 701-799-5742 or go to and use sponsor code "Hackensack."


All Vitalant staff, volunteers and blood donors are required to wear some sort of face covering/mask. Staff encourages all donors to have an appointment to ensure social distancing guidelines can be followed. Before signing in, donors will have their temperature checked. All refreshments provided will be individually prepackaged from the manufacturer as an added safety precaution.

To save time, donors can fill out their Fast Track online by downloading the Vitalant app on their smart phone or by visiting the day of their donation. To donate blood, volunteers must be at least 16 years old (16-year-old donors need a minor donor permit, which is available online) and be in good health.

Travis Grimler began work at the Echo Journal Jan. 2 of 2013 while the publication was still split in two as the Pine River Journal and Lake Country Echo. He is a full time reporter/photographer/videographer for the paper and operates primarily out of the northern stretch of the coverage area (Hackensack to Jenkins).
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