NEWTON, NJ - Fairview Lake YMCA Camps collected 28 pints of blood during a blood drive on May 11 in partnership with Vitalant. That amount of blood could save as many as 84 lives.

The Y has joined a slew of Ys across the country that are helping to address an urgent, ongoing need for blood donations. Twenty-eight donors gave blood at a time when organizations like Vitalant and the American Red Cross are dealing with cancellations of drives amid the coronavirus crisis. Blood donations are needed for trauma patients, those undergoing cancer treatment and patients who need regular, ongoing blood transfusions.

“We are extremely grateful for our members and donors who are supporting this life-saving cause,” said Marc Koch, executive director of Fairview Lake YMCA Camps. “Even while the Y’s facilities are closed, our hearts are open. We continue to meet essential needs and impact lives in the community during this health crisis.”

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Fairview Lake YMCA Camps is planning another blood drive on June 19, and at least four other branches in the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges have held or are planning to hold blood drives.

The South Mountain YMCA in Maplewood will hold two blood drives with the Red Cross, on Friday, May 29 and on Sunday, June 28. To schedule an appointment visit redrossblood.org. Appointments are required.

Fairview Lake YMCA continues to respond to the community’s needs, and is serving as a temporary food distribution center for area residents during the pandemic. With more individuals and families facing health and economic hardships and relying on local resources for meals, the Y is stepping up to help. In partnership with the Community FoodBank of NJ, the Y provided several days worth of meals to 150 people this month. 

The Y has also partnered with Seashore Fruit & Produce Co. to distribute fresh fruits and vegetables to residents of Sussex and Warren counties on a first-come, first served basis at Fairview Lake on Wednesday, May 27 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

ABOUT THE Y

Established in 1885, the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges invests in its diverse communities to promote wellness, safety and quality of life for children, adults and seniors. Its seven branches in East Orange, Livingston, Maplewood, Hackensack, Hardyston, Stillwater and Wayne are committed to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility through an array of programs. Some 35,000 people belong to the Metro Y, which awards more than $2.8 million annually in direct and indirect financial assistance.