PROSPECT PARK, NJ - Thirty-five donors came to the Prospect Park Blood Drive Wednesday, exceeding expectations, according to officials.  The Borough of Prospect Park and the Board of Health teamed up with Vitalant Blood Services to conduct the drive between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.  Mayor Mohamed Khairullah was among the donors who had signed up.

In order to comply with social distancing behavior, the donors and phlebotomists were kept apart from others and masks were worn.

"As we progress through this pandemic," Mayor Khairullah told TAPinto Hawthorne, "the anticipated shortage of red blood cells and platelets will become a reality without increased collections.  In response, our community came together with hope and love to offer a solution: hosting a blood drive in partnership with Vitalant New Jersey.  As a result, we collected 35 pints of blood which would ultimately optimize transfusions to ensure adequate supply and help save lives moving forward.  And for that, I am proud.  We are Prospect Park Strong."

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Borough Administrator Intashan Chowdhury said that the thirty-five donors coming through had "exceeded the goal of both the blood bank and the borough" which was originally set for twenty-five.

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