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January 17, 2014

Since it was launched in July by the state Department of Health and New Jersey Workplace Blood Donor Coalition -- in partnership with the 2014 New York/New Jersey Super Bowl Host Committee -- the Super Community Blood Drive has collected 160,000 units of blood.

An official with the New Jersey Hospital Association said the state has a chronic blood shortage, with hospitals stocked with an average of only two days supply. State Health Commissioner Mary E. O’Dowd noted that only 3.6 percent of state residents donate blood on a regular basis, and expressed hope that the campaign has helped raise public awareness of the issue.

The Super Community Blood Drive has held a series of events across the state. Donors were entered into a drawing for Super Bowl tickets. Residents have until tomorrow to be entered into the drawing by giving blood.

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