Friday, September 20, 2013

The sweetness of giving

Tassandra English, of Nutrition and Food Services, left,
with Pamela Cazeau of Executive Health Services  

What do donating blood and eating cupcakes have in common? During the week of Sept. 9, they were both ways for MGHers to get involved with My Giving Helps: The MGH Fund + United Way, which hosted a blood drive and cupcake sale.

For the blood drive, My Giving Helps campaign champions recruited employees to donate blood and platelets at the
MGH Blood Donor Center. Donors were entered to win a
$25 Amazon gift card, which went to Eleanor Beale of the Department of Psychiatry.

“We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to all those who participated,” says Meredith Wentworth of the Blood Donor Center. “Each blood donation has the potential to help three patients at the MGH. Through this drive, as many as
125 lives were touched.”

My Giving Helps cupcakes, baked specially for the campaign by Nutrition and Food Services, were sold at on-campus eateries throughout the week. Some 900 cupcakes were sold, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the campaign.

The annual My Giving Helps campaign raises funds for the hospital and the community. Donations to the MGH Fund benefit a wide range of areas at the hospital – including the Home Base Program, the Disparities Solutions Center, the Clinical Innovation Awards and the Backup Child Care Center. Gifts to United Way support a number of important projects as well; last year, 28,375 youth received academic support and 291,000 families were given food, heat and housing.

For more information or to donate, visit To enter a drawing to win a game jersey signed by Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, “like” the My Giving Helps Facebook page at by Sept. 25.  

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