Around the Community: Boston Children’s Hospital Blood Drive
WHY: Boston Children’s Hospital is facing a critical blood shortage, making donations more crucial than ever! Blood is used every single day to treat patients going through treatments for diseases like Cancer, Thalassemia and Sickle Cell, as well as for patients who experience a traumatic injury or are having surgery. When our supply dips too low, these treatments may be postponed. Type O blood and platelets are especially needed at this time, though all donations and blood types make a difference!
HOW: Members may log on to www.bostonchildrens.org/halfpints or call (617)355-6677 to make an appointment. Some people may want to donate together. It is possible to book at the same time or within 15 minutes of another donor! After donation, you will get a parking voucher for 333 Longwood Ave garage.
WHO: Donors must be 17 years of age or older, or 16 years of age with parental consent. Please note, eligibility restrictions apply. Some of which can be found at https://www.childrenshospital.org/ways-to-help/donate-blood/eligibility-....
WHERE: 333 Longwood Avenue, Boston
I AM A FIRST TIME DONOR: Awesome! The Blood Donation Center recommends a whole blood donation first. A typical blood donation session requires sign in, filling out a short questionnaire, a brief vital exam (temperature, BP, pulse) and checking hemoglobin. The blood draw itself typically take 5-15 minutes, and afterward you’ll have a snack or juice. Be sure to come to your appointment well hydrated!
QUESTIONS: For blood donation or eligibility questions, please contact 617-355-6677.