The Town of Guttenberg hosted a blood drive at the Ana L. Klein Elementary School last week as blood, platelets, and plasma remain in high demand during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mayor Wayne Zitt said that they decided to host the event on August 6th after Vitalant, a non-profit organization that collects blood from volunteer donors, reached out and said they were having trouble securing locations.
He added that he wanted to do his part to help since donors have been sparse due to the public health emergency.
“I think a lot of people have been scared to come out and donate, so obviously medical health needs, car accidents, other situations where people are in need … while there are scarce, limited resources,” the mayor said.
Zitt also noted that given the gymnasium’s size, as well as instructions provided every step of the way outside, he felt it made the elementary school a location where people could still socially distance comfortably.
Making it a point to give blood himself, the mayor thanked everyone – at least 64 people – who donated and helped make the event a success.
“I want to thank everybody who came out today to help us out.”
Since the coronavirus impacted New Jersey in late March, Vitalant has also set up at Hoboken’s Muti-Service Center on several occasions.