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 you donate whole blood or platelets at the Kraft Family Blood Donor Center, or give blood onboard the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham and Women's Hospital Blood Mobile — the traveling extension of the Kraft Center — you are making a life-saving difference for patients in need, right here in the community.
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 accommodate donors' needs and scheduling preferences, and to meet the needs of patients at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women's Hospital, the Kraft Family Blood Donor Center offers morning, evening, and weekend hours.
Appointment slots are available during the following timeframes:
Saturday and Sunday:7:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.Monday and Wednesday:12:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday:6:45 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.Friday:6:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Monday and Wednesday: 12:45 – 5:15 p.m.Tuesday and Thursday: 7:45 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.Friday: 7:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Our blood bank is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Patients can need platelets at any hour of the day or night. So when you donate at the Kraft Donor Center, you know that the patients at Dana-Farber and Brigham and Women's will benefit.
Donors are 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 generous 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 is the traveling extension of the Kraft Family Blood Donor Center. The Blood Mobile hosts blood drives in locations throughout the greater Boston area — allowing companies, community organizations, high schools and colleges, and others to make a life-saving difference for their neighbors in need.
Mobile blood drives are a wonderful way to serve the community; to honor and remember family, friends, and co-workers; to support specific individuals in need of blood product transfusions — or simply to help many Dana-Farber and Brigham and Women's patients at once.
Interested in hosting the Blood Mobile? Please contact Malissa Lichtenwalter at 617-632-3355, or MLichtenwalter@partners.org.
View our calendar of upcoming mobile drives.
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.
Friday, February 58:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.Brigham and Women's Hospital15 Francis Street, Boston, MA 02115View map
Saturday, February 69:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.Westwood Masons655 High Street, Westwood, MA 02090View map
Wednesday, February 109:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.Northeastern UniversityRobinson Quad, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115View map
Sunday, February 149:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.In Honor of Serena Martorilli99 Cedar Street, Waltham, MA 02453View map
Wednesday, February 179:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.Boston Public LibraryCopley Square, 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116View map
Saturday, February 279:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.In Memory of Mike Pepin118 Main Street, Franklin, MA 02038View map
Before he was the chairman and CEO of the New England Patriots, Robert Kraft — along with his family — was making a difference for Boston-area patients in need.
Today, the state-of-the-art Kraft Family Blood Donor Center collects blood and platelets and performs essential therapeutic procedures for patients at both Dana-Farber and Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Join the Kraft family and the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation in making a life-saving difference for patients. To schedule your appointment to give blood or platelets — or to learn more about hosting a blood drive in your community — please call 617-632-3206 or email BloodDonor@partners.org.
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