The YMCA of Metro North is partnering with the Northeast Chapter of the American Red Cross to sponsor blood drives in Lynn at the Knight of Columbus on April 17 and May 4. Blood shortages are severe due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations in response to the coronavirus outbreak. To date, nearly 2,700 Red Cross blood drives have been canceled across the country resulting in some 86,000 fewer blood donations.
“During this public health crisis, the YMCA is responding to the critical needs that are emerging almost daily,” says Kathleen Walsh, President and CEO, YMCA of Metro North. “We are doing everything we can to be a positive force in the region and offer solutions where we are needed most. We provided emergency assistance with food, supplies, child care, and lifesaving supports that are helping to counter the impact of the coronavirus emergency.”
The blood drives will take place from 12:00pm – 5:00pm on Friday, April 17 and Monday, May 4 at 177 Lynnfield Street, Lynn, Mass. Perspective donors can sign up for 40 timeslots during each drive. The timeslots will allow Red Cross staff to maintain strict safety and social distancing protocols.
The blood drive will also raise funds for the Lynn YMCA. Dave Solimine Jr., a Lynn resident, Board Member of the Northeast Chapter of the American Red Cross, and former Chairman of the Greater Lynn YMCA, will donate $100 per pint collected.
“The need for life-saving blood is now at a critical point,” says Solimine. “I am so pleased that the Lynn YMCA has stepped up to assist the Red Cross by sponsoring Lynn Community Blood Drives. The YMCA and the Red Cross have a long history of collaboration to serve Lynn and other communities throughout the region.”
Donors can call 1-800-733-2767 or by visiting RedCrossBlood.org to schedule an appointment. Donors should enter the sponsor code: LYNNYMCA when making their appointment.