NEW YORK BLOOD CENTER TEAMS UP WITH NEW YORK GIANTS, NEW YORK JETS AND METLIFE STADIUM TO HOST BLOOD DRIVE
Drive will help strengthen the region’s blood supply, which has dropped to dangerously low levels
New York, NY – The New York Giants, New York Jets and MetLife Stadium are partnering with the New York Blood Center to host a blood drive on Thursday, May 28th. The drive will take place in the United Rentals Club at MetLife Stadium from Noon to 8:00 p.m. Donors are required to schedule appointments in advance in order to maintain social distancing. New York Blood Center hopes to collect 300 units of blood from participating donors, enough to treat 1,000 patients in need.
The region’s blood supply is currently at dangerously low levels as communities begin to reopen. Before COVID-19, mobile blood drives hosted by schools, organizations, and businesses made up around 75% of the region’s incoming blood supply, but all drives had to be cancelled during the past several months. New York Blood Center recently began hosting a limited number of drives again, however they are far from the number of drives per month needed at area hospitals.
“The blood supply is vital to treating patients and our overall healthcare system. These donors will help replenish the blood supply and save lives at a critical time,” said Andrea Cefarelli, Senior Executive Director Recruitment and Marketing. “Thank you to the New York Giants, New York Jets and MetLife Stadium for hosting a blood drive at this critical time and ensuring that the blood supply will soon become stable.”
Donating blood is safe and it only takes one hour. We are taking extra precautions to help prevent the person-to-person spread of COVID-19. As always, people are not eligible to donate if they’re experiencing a cold, sore throat, respiratory infection or flu-like symptoms. Additional information on donor eligibility and COVID-19 precautions is available here.
The drive will take place from 12pm – 8pm on Thursday, May 28th at MetLife Stadium (One MetLife Stadium Drive), East Rutherford, NJ. Donors should park in Lot A and enter at the Bud Light Gate. The blood drive will be held on the 4th floor in the United Rentals Club.
Donations are by appointment only and can be scheduled by calling 1-800-933-2566 or visiting www.nybc.org/metlife.