HARDYSTON, NJ - The Sussex County YMCA collected 28 pints of blood during a blood drive on May 6 in partnership with Vitalant. That amount of blood could save as many as 84 lives.

The Y has joined a slew of Ys across the country that are helping to address an urgent, ongoing need for blood donations. Thirty-six people signed up to give blood on May 6 at a time when organizations like Vitalant and the American Red Cross are dealing with cancellations of drives amid the coronavirus crisis. Blood is needed to save the lives of trauma victims, patients with blood disorders, cancer and many other life-threatening injuries and illnesses in our area hospitals, according to Vitalant. 

“We are extremely grateful for our members and donors who are supporting this life-saving cause,” said Rob Wiggins, District Executive Director at the Sussex County 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 Sussex County Y and at least four other branches in the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges have held or are planning to hold blood drives. The South Mountain YMCA in Maplewood will hold two blood drives with the Red Cross on Friday, May 29 and on Sunday, June 28. To schedule an appointment visit redrossblood.org. Appointments are required.


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.