SUMMIT, NJ - St. Teresa of Avila Parish’s / American Red Cross annual 'Good Friday Blood Drive' was -- despite being conducted during extremely trying times -- supported with gusto by the community, generating more 50 donors and nearly as many pints of whole blood.

Drives such as the St. Teresa / Red Cross effort are vital toward ensuring that local and area blood banks have what they need so as not to increase the health crisis affecting everyone right now.

The Summit YMCA and its Executive Director Terri Clinton stepped up in a big way to host the drive at their gymnasium, with the larger venue allowing extra distancing space and therefore providing a safer environment for both donors and Red Cross Staff. Without the YMCA's commitment, the Drive may have had to be postponed or canceled.

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Even though the drive had to close one hour early -- at 6 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. -- the results were rewarding:

  • Presenting Donors (number who came to donate): 53
  • Deferred (number who were not eligible today): 10
  • First Time donors: 20
  • Power Reds (number who gave a concentrated dose of red cells): 9
  • Collected: 48 pints of whole blood = 144 lives saved

"Though we could not be together as a community of St. Teresa volunteers, community members and Red Cross staff this Good Friday we can be joyful that we were able to provide the greatest gift of all – our blood," said Gloria M. Ron-Fornes, St. Teresa Blood Drive Coordinator. "We will be together again next Good Friday. Mark your calendars: April 2, 2021."