PLAINVILLE – Although the Wheeler Regional YMCA has closed due to the coronavirus, it will continue to host blood drives for the American Red Cross. And, if Wednesday’s blood drive was any indicator, residents are still eager to step up and support.
Samantha Savran, association director of marketing for the YMCA of Greater Hartford, said blood drives remain important.
“Blood drives have been important to the Y for years,” Savran said. “Although our building was closed on March 16 by the governor, it has wide open spaces that haven’t been used in two weeks. It is the perfect space to hold a blood drive while staying safely apart.”
Wednesday’s blood drive at the YMCA was completely filled, with 47 people signing up. Savran said staff coordinated with the Rotary Club and the American Red Cross to arrange a series of blood drives in Plainville and area towns. The next event, which will be held at the East Hartford Y, is also fully booked with people coming out to give blood.
“We have received an overwhelming response,” Savran said. “It is so heart-warming to see that the community still wants to give back.”
The following blood drives have been scheduled;
. East Hartford YMCA at 770 Main St., East Hartford, April 13, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
. Wheeler Regional YMCA at 149 Farmington Ave., Plainville, April 23, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
. Hale 9 YMCA, 9 Technology Park Drive, Putnam, April 24, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
. Farmington Valley YMCA, 97 Salmon Brook St., Granby, April 29, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Future blood drives will also be collecting food for the food banks in the communities where they are held.
“The only reason we aren’t doing it today is that we weren’t able to get protective equipment to allow us to handle and wash the food in time,” Savran said.
Those who wish to sign-up to support these blood drives can do so by visiting redcross.org.
“If you want to sign-up, make sure that you are not sick in any way,” Savran said. “The website will have additional guidelines.”
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.