Sussex County YMCA Drive Collects 28 Pints of Life-Saving Blood

By: Mollie Shauger | Thursday, May 21, 2020 | Social Responsibility

Sussex County YMCAs gym temporarily being used for blood donations.

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.”

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.


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