FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA will host a community blood drive with the American Red Cross on Friday, May 15, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the YMCA’s gym (1340 Martine Ave. in Scotch Plains).

For more information or to make an appointment to donate, sign up online at Redcrossblood.org with sponsor code Fanwood-ScotchPlains. The website also provides information on the Red Cross’ safety protocols during the COVID-19 health crisis. On the day of the drive, please drink plenty of fluids, eat a healthy breakfast, and bring a face mask and ID. 

“Hosting a blood drive coincides with the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA’s core values of giving back to the community,” said Kim Decker, CEO of the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA “With a simple blood donation, we have the ability to help save the life of someone who could be a coworker, loved one or neighbor.”

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Every day, blood donors help patients of all ages: accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those battling cancer. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood, the Red Cross states. The need for blood donation is just as great now as ever. 

“The short amount of time it takes to donate can mean a lifetime to a patient with a serious medical condition. We urge eligible donors to join us in the selfless act of giving blood.”

Donors of all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, B negative and A negative. According to the Red Cross, type O negative is the universal blood type that can be safely transfused to anyone, and is often used to treat trauma patients.

The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA is dedicated to improving the quality of life of the individuals, families and communities it serves through programs and services that build wholeness of spirit, mind and body. The YMCA is a not-for-profit organization founded on Christian principles, serving people of all ages, races, faith, cultures and socio-economic conditions. For information please visit FSPY.org