Greater Somerset County YMCA Partners with Health & Rescue Organizations to Host Blood Drives

May 26, 2020

 

Every two seconds, someone in the US needs blood. As the Covid-19 public health crisis continues, and traditional places that hold blood drives such as schools and churches are closed, Greater Somerset County YMCA has stepped in to support this urgent need for blood.

“To help combat the severe blood shortage, we reached out to health and rescue organizations such as the American Red Cross and RWJBarnabas Health to hold blood drives,” said David M. Carcieri, president and CEO of Greater Somerset County YMCA.

Since the beginning of April, blood drives were held at three YMCA locations, including Somerville, Somerset Hills and Hillsborough. Through May 14, approximately 135 pints of blood have been collected through this program. The blood drives will continue through the beginning of June, and donors of all types are needed, especially those with types O negative, B negative and A negative. According to the Red Cross, type O negative is the universal blood type that can be safely transfused to anyone and is often used to treat trauma patients.

“The Y is committed to helping and strengthening our community, and in today’s crisis, we honor that commitment more than ever,” stated Carcieri. “We are following safety protocols from the CDC and using our gymnasiums to create large, open spaces that allow for social distancing to keep Y staff, healthcare workers, and blood donors safe.”

To date, the response from the community has been great, with appointments filling up quickly.