In collaboration with local hospitals and organisations, BAPS Charities has proudly announced the commencement of a blood donation drive at the BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham in Robbinsville, New Jersey. The event is scheduled to last over ten weeks, making it one of the largest blood drives in the state. With an ambitious target of collecting no less than 6,000 pints of blood, the drive has the potential to impact and save up to 18,000 lives.
The blood drive welcomes all eligible donors and invites participation from the local Robbinsville community and those living across North America. Organisers anticipate a substantial turnout, expecting thousands of donors to come from nearly every corner of the USA and Canada. The donated blood will be distributed to hospitals and organizations within the region. Notable partners supporting this noble cause include the Miller-Keystone Blood Center, New Jersey Blood Services, RWJBarnabas Health, Vitalant, and The American Red Cross, who have joined hands with BAPS Charities to ensure the sustainability and success of this life-saving initiative.
Robbinsville Mayor Dave Fried (@mayordavefried), along with Council President Deborah Blakely and Councilwoman Christine Ciaccio, inaugurated the blood drive, marking yet another significant chapter in Mayor Fried’s unwavering commitment to community service. Renowned for his impactful “Pay it Forward” initiative, which has raised over $450,000 for those in need, as well as his advocacy for barrier-free housing, Mayor Fried recognises the Akshardham blood drive as a crucial opportunity to give back to the community. Expressing admiration for the Akshardham campus, Mayor Fried enthusiastically states, “The scale of this operation is truly unique, and I’m excited to be a part of it. The selfless mission that BAPS has is an inspiration to all of us, and I’m glad that they chose Robbinsville.”
Looking back on the selfless service of volunteers during a previous blood drive hosted by Robbinsville Township, Mayor Fried shares, “We were having a difficult time with volunteers. We called up BAPS at 10:30 am, and by 3 pm, we had to call back and say, ‘Okay, you need to stop sending volunteers’. The volunteerism they have is truly remarkable, and you see it here in this facility.” Councilwoman Ciaccio, a respected member of the Robbinsville township council since 2007, also echoes these sentiments.
At the heart of the blood drive campaign lies one of the core aspirations of Akshardham: to inspire selfless service for the betterment of society. Council President Blakely remarks, “There is so much diversity in Robbinsville, which is amazing. When we come together as a community, you learn from each other, you understand each other, and you start to get more involved. I thank you guys for doing this.”
BAPS Charities holds an impressive historical record of hosting nearly 500 blood drives in the US alone since 2006. With their tireless efforts toward generating enough blood to save an astounding 56,000 American lives, the organisation remains steadfast in its commitment to continually contribute to national healthcare. Notably, BAPS Charities’ global impact spans back to 1981, with numerous large-scale blood donation drives conducted worldwide. In furthering its mission to make a difference, the organisation has also partnered with the Susan G. Komen Foundation to raise awareness and support for breast cancer.
Sanskruti Brahmbhatt, a dedicated pre-med student at Seton Hall University and the President of the University Blood Initiative, expressed her heartfelt gratitude, stating, “As a BAPS volunteer, I’m thankful to the Robbinsville and Mercer community for welcoming the Akshardham project and for partnering with us to give back.”