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The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation continues their
efforts to increase awareness of the importance of blood and platelet
donations with a drive December 6-December 31, at the Dana-Farber Cancer
Institute Kraft Family Blood Donor Center and the Brigham and Women's Hospital Blood Donor Center, both in the Longwood Medical Area.
Life-saving blood and platelet donors are especially needed during
this time of year when busy holiday schedules and inclement weather can
lead to a decrease in the number of donations made.
"The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation is pleased to sponsor
this event, and we encourage the community to come out and donate
critically needed blood and platelets," said Andre Tippett, Patriots
Executive Director of Community Affairs.
"The Kraft family and the Patriots organization have a long history
of support for Dana-Farber through the Kraft Family Blood Donor Center
and we are proud to extend this partnership by hosting this blood and
All successful donors will receive a special Patriots-themed
thank-you gift and be entered into a drawing for one of two autographed
To be eligible to donate you must be at least 16 years old and weigh a
minimum of 110 pounds; valid photo identification is required. For
details or to make an appointment to donate, call 888-LETSGIV, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.dana-farber.org/blooddonation.
The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Kraft Family Blood Donor Center and
the Brigham and Women's Hospital Blood Donor Center are members of the
Joint Program in Transfusion Medicine. Together, these centers provide
essential blood products to patients cared for in both institutions. The
Kraft Center collects platelets; the BWH Donor Center collects whole
blood and red cells. The program's research and quality standards ensure
the safety of the more than 60,000 transfusions performed annually at
these patient care facilities.