Blood-Drives During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Ever since the Covid-19 pandemic started, the need for blood-donations became even greater to help support the patients at the hospitals. Montgomery EMS, where I volunteer my time as an Associate and Blood-drive Co-ordinator has been doing what we can to alleviate this situation for the nearby hospitals. So far we have held six drives this year and successfully exceeded the donation goals in each drive. The team at the Montgomery EMS led by Carol Raymond is proud of their work for the community. I was delighted to get this letter today from our partner company Vitalant.

Our upcoming drives are scheduled for October 14th (1 to 7 pm), November 6th (1 to 7 pm) and December 12th (9 am to 2 pm). Please feel free to sign up, if you are local to this area. Thank you to all the local donors from Montgomery, Princeton and Hillsborough, who have enthusiastically supported the idea!

September 14, 2020

Ms. Ashwini Mokashi

Montgomery EMS

Belle Mead, NJ 08502

Dear Ashwini Mokashi:

 I want to thank you for volunteering your time to offer hope to those who are in need of blood and blood products. The blood donated  by the donors you recruited save the lives of trauma victims, patients with blood disorders, cancer and many other life- threatening injuries and illnesses in our area hospitals.

The continuing efforts of the Montgomery EMS very sincerely appreciated as a life – saving community service.

Shortages occur throughout the year especially in this area of the country. This situation puts the lives of patients who need blood in danger. Please ask your donors who are unavailable to donate at your blood drive to make a donation at an upcoming blood drive in your area. Check our website ( for locations or contact me for information.     


Jeffrey Ochital

Donor Recruitment Rep


Published by ashwinimokashi

Ashwini Mokashi's book 'Sapiens and Sthitaprajna' is on Comparative Philosophy on the concept of the wise person in Stoic Seneca and the Gita. The book talks about how wisdom leads to happiness. This book is now also recognized by the American Philosophical Practitioners Association from New York. Her next book, a work in progress, is an account of a meditational community in India. Her broad interest is in synthesizing wisdom from various ancient traditions in the context of modern challenges.

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