How you can win prizes for donating blood this month

Lehigh Valley and northwest Jersey residents could win prizes if they make blood donations part of their New Year’s resolutions.

The New Jersey Department of Health is encouraging more donors to give blood in the colder months, due to flu season and unpredictable weather conditions resulting in blood drive cancellations. Donations also decline during the busy end-of-year holidays with blood centers and hospital collection sites looking to January to relieve shortages, health officials said.

“National Blood Donor Month is an excellent time to make blood donation a New Year’s Resolution,” acting health commissioner Christopher Rinn said in a statement. “By rolling up

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