SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- During the coronavirus pandemic, NY Blood Center has worked hard to bring attention to the critical need to maintain an adequate blood supply. 

About 75% of blood donations in our region come from blood drives that are hosted by schools, organizations and businesses. Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, many blood drives were canceled in March, and the cancellations pose a significant threat to the blood supply. Blood is a critical component of emergency preparedness, and the supply must be constantly be replenished. The blood that is on the shelf today is the blood that will save lives in an emergency.

The New York Blood Center in Scotch Plains is asking donors to schedule appointments in advance by clicking here. Because of coronavirus special distancing measures, the local blood donation canter is not taking walk-ins at this time. 

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“Every donation at every blood drive is critical,” said Christopher D. Hillyer, MD, President and CEO of New York Blood Center. “As healthy, eligible donors, we have a responsibility to our neighbors to keep the blood supply safe and robust. A resilient healthcare system is more important than ever, and we’re counting on everyone to help maintain that.”

The workers in Scotch Plains said that donations were significant in the first week of the social distancing lockdown, but slowed a bit during the second week. If you'd like to do something positive during these troubling times but may not be in a financial position to make monetary donations to various worthy causes, consider making a blood donation.

The process (including registering, filling out a health questionnaire, drawing blood, and having a quick snack takes about a half-hour in total. The Scotch Plains facility is practicing social distancing measures, and staff is frequently wiping down tables, computers and common areas to maintain cleanliness.

Scotch Plains Donor Center
2279 South Ave.
Scotch Plains, NJ

NY Blood Center hours in Scotch Plains
Monday and Wednesday: 2:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Friday: 11:00 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 8:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Closed: Tuesdays and Thursdays

NY Blood Center is one of the largest community-based, non-profit blood collection/distribution organizations in the U.S.

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