While the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has played havoc with New Jersey’s and the nation’s blood supply – triggering shortages while simultaneously escalating need – there’s been some good news recently. An exceptional total of 58 units of blood were recently collected at an event hosted by the iPlay America entertainment venue, sponsored by The Jersey Shore’ s #1 Hit Music Station, B98.5 radio, and managed by the nationwide blood collection organization Vitalant. And, boding well for the future, 24 of the donors gave blood for the very first time.

“There’s an ongoing need for blood – both in New Jersey and in other parts of the country that are dealing with coronavirus spikes,” explains Robert Kessler, senior manager of donor recruitment at Vitalant’s Montvale, New Jersey location. “The fact that we were able to collect 58 units at a single donation event is terrific. Since the pandemic began, that’s easily the most blood we’ve gathered at one time. Along with all the new donors, it’s a very positive sign.”

Blood collected at this Vitalant event will be used to address needs of local hospital patients in New Jersey.