MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Mountain YMCA collected 15 pints of blood during a blood drive on Wednesday, April 22 in partnership with the American Red Cross. That amount of blood is enough to save approximately 45 lives, according to the Red Cross.

The Y has joined a slew of Ys across the country that are helping to address an urgent, ongoing need for blood donations. Thirty people registered to give blood on April 22 at a time when organizations like the Red Cross are dealing with cancellations of drives amid the coronavirus crisis. The majority of the donors gave blood for the first time.

“We are extremely grateful for our Y members, donors, and community members who are supporting this life-saving cause,” said James Goodger, senior executive director of the South Mountain YMCA. “Even while the Y’s facilities are closed, our hearts are open. We continue to meet essential needs and impact lives in the community during this health crisis.”

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The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges has partnered with the Red Cross and Vitalant over the last several weeks to hold blood donation drives at Y branches. Upcoming drives include:

  • Sussex County YMCA, 15 Wits End Rd., Hardyston

    • Wednesday, May 6

    • 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Fairview Lake YMCA Camps, 1035 Fairview Lake Rd., Stillwater

    • Wednesday, May 6

    • 1-6 p.m.

  • Wayne YMCA, 1 Pike Dr., Wayne

    • Wednesday, May 13

    • 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

  • South Mountain YMCA, 13 Jefferson Ave., Maplewood

    • Friday, May 29

    • 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

To schedule an appointment for drives at the South Mountain or Wayne YMCAs, or see eligibility requirements to donate, visit redrossblood.org. Appointments are required.

 To make an appointment for Sussex County or Fairview Lake YMCA drives, visit vitalant.org

“The Red Cross encourages individuals to keep scheduled blood donation appointments when possible and to make new blood donation appointments for the weeks and months ahead to ensure a stable supply throughout this pandemic,” said Rosie Taravella, CEO, American Red Cross New Jersey Region. “Thank you to all blood donors and blood drive hosts who are helping and to all who will be.” 

“If you’re healthy, you’re needed now more than ever. We cannot let it get to the point where there’s no blood available for trauma patients, those undergoing cancer treatment and patients who need regular, ongoing blood transfusions just to survive,” said said Dr. Ralph Vassallo, Vitalant’s chief medical and scientific officer. 

 

ABOUT THE Y

Established in 1885, the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges invests in its diverse communities to promote wellness, safety and quality of life for children, adults and seniors. Its seven branches in East Orange, Livingston, Maplewood, Hackensack, Hardyston, Stillwater and Wayne are committed to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility through an array of programs. Some 35,000 people belong to the Metro Y, which awards more than $2.8 million annually in direct and indirect financial assistance.