Totowa Hosts Successful Annual Community Blood Drive

By Tina Pappas


Pictured is Totowa Mayor John Coiro giving blood, alongside Recreation Director Mark Monteyne at the Barnyard & Carriage House on Feb.3.

The Borough held its annual Community Blood Drive with a great turnout on Feb. 3. This year’s blood drive was held at the Barnyard & Carriage House, located at 754 Totowa Road. It was sponsored by Mayor John Coiro and the Totowa Borough Council, along with Senator Kristin M. Corrado.


According to Recreation Director Mark Monteyne, this year’s annual blood drive garnered record results since it was first held three years ago.


“Thanks so much for the ones who stepped up within our community,” he said, adding that 41 whole blood pints, comprised of 18 double red cells, with total red cells at 59 pints were received.  Each pint donated could save up to three lives, depending on age and need.

(From left) Senator Kristine M. Corrado, Councilwoman Debbie Andriani, along with Barnyard & Carriage House owner Mike Holland and local resident Anna Sole, are pictured after donating blood.


“The lives saved will total 177 with these 59 pints captured! Community teamwork!”


Monteyne gave special thanks to the Barnyard & Carriage House for hosting the event. He also thanked All-County

Apparel, located at 785 Totowa Road, Totowa Bagels, located at 159 Union Blvd., Sopranos Pizzeria, located at 400 Minnisink Road, and Signarama, located at 681 Van Houten Ave in Clifton for donating. He also thanked Vitalant blood services staff.


Barnyard & Carriage House owner Mike Holland is pictured donating blood on Feb. 3.

“Also, special thanks for our Mayor John Coiro and Council, and Senator Kristin M. Corrado for supporting the drive again this year,” Monteyne added. 


The next Community Blood Drive will be held at St. James Roman Catholic Church, located at 32 St. James Place in Totowa on Friday, April 15 from 6:30AM through 1:15PM.


Photos courtesy of Mark Monteyne



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