Blood Drives

 

Blood drives across the country were canceled due to the coronavirus and new social distancing rules, and the Y has been stepping up to address the need for a stable supply of blood. We’re partnering with organizations like the American Red Cross and Vitalant to make sure there is enough blood for patients who need transfusions and other life-saving treatments.

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The American Red Cross is extremely grateful to the many blood donors in New Jersey who are rolling up a sleeve and for our partners like the YMCA who are opening their doors to host blood drives during this challenging time” - Rosie Taravella, CEO, American Red Cross New Jersey Region.

What We’re Doing:

Addressing Blood Shortage

With each blood donation, we’re helping blood banks and donation centers have a stable supply of blood for patients who need it most. Just one donation, or one pint of blood, could save up to 3 lives. So far, we’ve helped our partners collect 440 pints of blood, potentially saving 1,320 people.

As coronavirus cases continue to grow and impact more communities, the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges is stepping up to address the ongoing need for blood donations, child care for essential workers, and other community needs during this pandemic.

“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.”

Organizations like the American Red Cross are experiencing fewer blood donations due to the cancellation of blood drives amid coronavirus concerns. The Red Cross alone has reported more than 325,000 fewer blood donations due to the cancellation of blood drives across the U.S.

How You Can Help

By opening our facilities for organizations to collect blood, we’re helping to ensure there is a consistent supply of blood for patients who need it most. Your support means we can continue to assist our hospitals and healthcare facilities during this crisis.

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