HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ - The Hunterdon County YMCA was named as a winner in the American Red Cross Pump It Up Challenge, which recognizes high-achieving blood drive sponsors that have grown the number of blood donations collected in their community to help hospital patients in need.

Committed to helping save lives, the Hunterdon County YMCA has helped collect 112 units over the past month, which will provide for 336 hospital patients. An additional blood drive is scheduled for April 30 with all time slots filled.

The Hunterdon County YMCA has already achieved the honored distinction of the Premier Blood Partner with the Red Cross.

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“Giving blood is a simple act of generosity that can truly make a lifesaving difference. We received an outpouring of support from the community at our blood drives to date, and our goal is to continue to make it a success for patients who are counting on us,” said Kristin Heimall, HCYMCA Senior Program Director. “We are proud to partner with the Red Cross as a Premier Blood Partner and help it fulfill its critical mission.”

The need for blood is constant. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion, according to the Red Cross.

The American Red Cross blood drives are considered essential services. The Red Cross is allowed to operate blood drives during this crisis, and are taking additional steps in accordance with the CDC guidelines to ensure Social Distancing and Safety Precautions.  The American Red Cross has the support of the Surgeon General, the CDC and the FDA.

To learn more and find out about upcoming blood drives at the Hunterdon County YMCA, please visit www.hcymca.org/how-to-help.