HARDYSTON, NJ - The Sussex County YMCA and Fairview Lake YMCA Camps are partnering with the nonprofit blood service provider Vitalant to host blood drives in May. 

The Sussex County Y will hold a drive on Wednesday, May 6 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Y, 15 Wits End Rd., Hardyston. To make an appointment, visit Vitalant’s Mobile Drive Schedule

Fairview Lake YMCA Camps will hold a blood drive on Monday, May 11 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the camp Dining Hall, 1035 Fairview Lake Rd., Newton. Schedule an appointment online using the Mobile Drive Schedule

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All blood types are needed and donating is a safe process. The YMCA and partners are taking extra precautions to ensure the safety of donors and volunteers, including temperature checks upon entrance, adhering to social distancing guidelines throughout the donation process, and enhanced cleaning and disinfection of surfaces and medical supplies. 

Vitalant requires donors wear a face mask or face covering during their donation appointment.

Donor guidelines

  • Must be at least 17 years old (16 with parental consent)

  • Weigh at least 110 pounds

  • Be in general good health

  • Bring ID to your appointment

  • Eat a meal beforehand

  • Hydrate before and after donating

Vitalant requires that donors not give blood if they:

  • Have been outside the 50 United States or traveled via a cruise ship 

  • Have lived with or been in close contact with individuals diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19 infection 

  • Have been diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19 infection 

  • Are a health care worker who has been caring for a patient diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19 and have not consistently been able to use recommended personal protective equipment (face mask, gown and gloves)

Learn more about Vitalant’s donor eligibility requirements at vitalant.org.

The Sussex County and Fairview Lake join a slew of Ys across the country that are helping to address an urgent, ongoing need for blood donations following the cancellation of drives amid the coronavirus crisis. Donation centers say a steady supply of blood is needed to help patients with a range of health conditions.

“The YMCA has been called upon in many crises, conflicts and emergencies throughout our history, and this time is no different,” said Richard K. Gorab, President and CEO of the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges “Although our facilities are closed in response to this current public health crisis, the YMCA is continuing to meet the urgent needs of the community.”

“Our blood collection sites are a ‘first response’ action to this outbreak versus a gathering that needs to be avoided,” said Dr. Ralph Vassallo, Vitalant’s chief medical and scientific officer. “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.”

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.