Totowa Community Blood Drive Event Planned for April 15 at St. James Church

By Tina Pappas

 

The Borough will hold its second Community Blood Drive this season at St. James Roman Catholic Church on Friday, April 15 from 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The church is located at 400 Totowa Road in Totowa, inside Parish Hall.

 

The previous blood drive had a great turnout on Feb. 3, with record results since it was was first held three years ago, according to Recreation Director Mark Monteyne.

 

“The lives saved at this last blood drive captured 59 pints, which will save 177 individuals!” he said. “Community teamwork! I’m hoping we can reach an even higher number of pints with this coming blood dive.”

 

Each pint donated could save up to three lives, depending on age and need.

 

Mayor John Coiro said that during the pandemic, blood supplies have been dangerously low.

 

“So our town will be trying to do our part in helping others in need,” he added.

 

Darlene Walsh, Public Town Nurse, said it will be the 28th year that the Borough will be running a blood drive on Good Friday.

 

“We had missed 2020 due to COVID,” she explained. “It’s such a good feeling to take an hour out of your day and to literally save someone’s life. I hope to see everyone this Good Friday and see some first-time donors as well.”

 

Rev. Marc Mancini, pastor of St. James Roman Catholic Church, echoed the sentiment and said he hopes everyone participates in the upcoming blood drive.

 

“By sharing what you have, you have given life to someone else,” he noted.  

 

The link to register is https://donor.cbsblood.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/53856

 

 

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