WAYNE, NJ - The Wayne YMCA collected 17 pints of blood during a blood drive on Monday, April 6 in the Y’s gymnasium. That amount of blood is enough to save approximately 51 lives, according to the American 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. Forty-one people signed up to give blood on April 6 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 members and donors who are supporting this life-saving cause,” said Laura Tiedge, executive director of the Wayne 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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Four other Y branches with the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges have also planned blood drives. The West Essex YMCA in Livingston held a drive on Thursday, April 9. Upcoming drives include:

  • South Mountain YMCA, 10 West Parker Ave., Maplewood

    • Wednesday, April 22

    • 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 

  • 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. - 4 p.m.

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

To make an appointment for Sussex County YCMA’s drive, visit Vitalant’s Mobile Drive Schedule

All blood types are needed. 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. The Red Cross also requires that donors schedule appointments to give blood.

“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.

 “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.”

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.