Thank you for helping the many Dana-Farber and Brigham and Women's patients who depend upon life-saving transfusions.
When you donate blood or platelets at the Kraft Family Blood Donor Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women's Hospital, or give blood on board the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham and Women's Hospital Blood Mobile, you are making a life-saving difference for patients in need — right here in our community.
All of the blood and platelets collected at the Kraft Center and on the Blood Mobile benefit patients at Dana-Farber and Brigham and Women's Hospital.
People undergoing treatment for cancer — as well as accident victims, transplant recipients, and many other patients — depend on transfusions to control their bleeding. Volunteer donors are the only source of blood products for these patients.
When whole blood is donated, it is later separated into components, including red blood cells and plasma. A single blood donation can help as many as three patients.
Being able to count on volunteer blood donors at all times is especially important because blood has a limited shelf life. Volunteer donors ensure that there will be a sufficient supply of blood for the patients who need it, whenever they need it.
Blood donations benefiting Dana-Farber and Brigham and Women's patients are collected in two locations:
In general, to donate blood, you should be:
And you should not:
Platelets are the blood component serving as the body's "bandages." They allow blood to clot, helping wounds to heal.
Cancer patients, people who have sustained trauma, babies in the neonatal intensive care unit, and many other critically ill patients are at serious risk because their blood does not clot properly. They need transfusions of healthy platelets to control their bleeding. Volunteer donors are the only source of platelets for these patients.
Being able to count on volunteer platelet donors at all times is especially important because platelets have a shelf life of just five days. Volunteer donors ensure that there will always be a sufficient supply of platelets for patients in need.
Platelets benefiting patients at both Dana-Farber and Brigham and Women's are collected at the Kraft Family Blood Donor Center, located on the first floor of the Jimmy Fund Building at 35 Binney Street in Boston.
In general, to donate platelets, you should be:
To better accommodate donors' needs and scheduling preferences, the Kraft Family Blood Donor Center now has expanded morning and evening hours. Appointment slots are available during the following timeframes:
Mondays and Tuesdays, 6:45 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.Wednesdays and Thursdays, 6:45 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.Fridays, 6:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.Saturdays, 7:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Donors are also welcome to set up a series of recurring appointments for the same day of the week and time of day. Please contact us at 617-632-3206 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a recurring appointment.
We're happy to help. Please call us at 888-LETS-GIV (538-7448) or 617-632-3206, or email us at email@example.com.
Made possible through the support of the Friends of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Friends of Brigham and Women's Hospital, the new Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Blood Mobile travels to locations throughout greater Boston — allowing company employees, members of community organizations, high school and college students, and others to make a life-saving difference for their neighbors in need.
Mobile blood drives are a wonderful way to serve the community, honor and remember family and friends, support specific individuals in need of blood product transfusions — or simply help many Dana-Farber and Brigham and Women's patients at once.
Interested in hosting the Blood Mobile? Please call us at 888-LETS-GIV (538-7448) or 617-632-3206, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The actual blood collection process usually takes less than 10 minutes. Because you will also go through a pre-donation medical and travel history screening, as well as a rest period after donating, we ask that you plan to spend about an hour at your appointment.
The exact time varies from donor to donor, but in general, you should plan on spending about two hours at your platelet donation appointment.
Certain blood types are in greater demand (and shorter supply) than others at different periods. However, donors of all blood types are needed and welcomed.
A "unit" of blood is collected during a donation. This is equivalent to about one pint of blood.
Most adults have between 10 and 12 pints of blood in their bodies. Your body will replace the lost fluids within 24 hours, and will begin to replace the lost blood cells right away.
Most people say they only feel a slight pinch of the needle at the start of the donation. (Many people also report feeling great after donating because they know they've helped patients in need.)
As long as you are healthy and continue to meet the eligibility criteria, you can safely donate every 56 days.
If you are blood type AB, your platelets are especially valuable to certain patient populations. However, platelet donors of all blood types are always needed.
Most people say they only feel a slight pinch of the needle at the start of the donation. Because platelet donors get their oxygen-carrying red cells back, donors report feeling less tired than after giving blood. (Many people also report feeling great after donating because they know they've helped patients in need.)
As long as you are healthy and continue to meet the eligibility criteria, you can safely donate every seven days. Many of our platelet donors schedule regular appointments every other week.
Thank you for being — or considering becoming — a donor.
To schedule an appointment for any of the drives below, please use the contact information specified in the listing. Advance scheduling is recommended; walk-ins welcome as time permits.
Thank you for making a life-saving difference for patients in need.
Tuesday, April 19:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Development Office Blood Drive101 Brookline Place, Brookline, MA 02445View mapContact:Katie Connors
Wednesday, April 29:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.Minuteman Park Building 200 Blood DriveBrickstone Properties, 1 Minuteman Road, Andover, MA 01810View mapContact: Doug Pacheco
Saturday, April 59:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.Paul Revere School Blood Drive395 Revere Street, Revere, MA 02151View mapContact: Jodi Collins
Sunday, April 69:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.Temple Emanuel Blood Drive385 Ward Street, Newton Center, MA 02459View mapContact:Joanne Kazarian
Monday, April 79:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.New England Patriots Charitable Foundation Blood Drive236 Patriot Place (across from Davio's Steakhouse), Foxboro, MA 02035View map Contact: Blood Drive Team
Wednesday, April 99:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.Copley Square Blood DriveBehind Copley Square Mall on Dartmouth Street side, Boston, MA 02116View map Contact: Blood Drive Team
Friday, April 119:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.Muslims for Life Blood Drive - in Honor of Those Affected by the Boston Marathon TragedyCity Hall Plaza, Boston, MA 02109View map Contact: Nasir Rana
Tuesday, April 159:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.Stilisti Blood Drive138 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116View map Contact: Alexandra Goresh
Wednesday, April 169:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.Citizens Bank Boston Blood Drive28 State Street, Boston, MA 02109View map Contact: Maureen Quirk
Friday, April 189:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.Joslin Diabetes Center Blood Drive1 Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215View map Contact: Blood Drive Team
Saturday, April 199:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.Hanson Rod and Gun Club Blood Drive126 Davis Road, Hanson, MA 02341View map Contact: Don Cirasuolo
Monday, April 219:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.Trader Joe's Brookline Blood Drive1317 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA 02446View map Contact: Blood Drive Team
Wednesday, April 239:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.Boston University Student Housing Blood DriveBabcock Street, Brookline, MA 02115View map Contact: Roland Akl
Friday, April 259:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.Women of the Moose Chapter 2042 Blood DriveThe Loyal Order of Moose, Lodge 413, 175 Howard Strett, Quincy, MA 02169View map Contact: Monique Basile
Wednesday, April 309:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates of Medford Blood Drive26 City Hall Mall, Medford, MA 02155View map Contact: Ara Demirjian
Friday, May 212:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.Sharon Credit Union Blood Drive -- In Memory of Jonathan Irving30 Pond Street, Sharon, MA 02067View map Contact: Robin Burns
Saturday, May 109:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.New England Patriots Charitable Foundation Blood Drive236 Patriot Place (across from Davio's Steakhouse), Foxboro, MA 02035View map Contact: Blood Drive Team
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