It's impossible to count how many lives Central Jersey Blood Center has saved over the past 55 years. Sadly, we learned today that they will be shutting down operations at the end of the year.

CJBC has locations in Shrewsbury, Freehold, and Toms River. All centers will cease operation as of December 31, 2018.

Central Jersey Blood Center has become one of the premier blood centers in New Jersey. The non-profit used the power of community to organize and collect blood and platelet donations to treat premature babies, burn and trauma victims, and patients suffering from leukemia, cardiac disease, and many other conditions that depend on blood products for recovery.

According to CJBC, about 65% of the blood supply has come from mobile blood drive locations sponsored Monmouth and Ocean County community leaders.

On Monday, Central Jersey Blood Center sent an email to donors breaking the news and explaining the reason behind the closures.

Hospitals and local blood centers across the country are merging or joining forces with larger entities to remain in business. As the last “mom and pop shop” of blood centers in New Jersey, it has become impossible for us to survive alone in this environment.

CJBC added that they will be supporting the local hospitals until the last day of operation.

It's important to remember that just because CJBC is closing, the immediate need for blood donations remains. Central Jersey Blood Center is inviting you to one of their centers in Shrewsbury, Freehold, or Toms River over the next six weeks. Visit their website to make an appointment and to learn more about how you can make a donation.

I'd like to thank the staff, board, and donors of Central Jersey Blood Center. Your life-saving contributions to our community are immeasurable.

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