“Summer is a time when blood donations slow down and demand goes up,” says John Petty, Police and Security operations supervisor. Recognizing this need, Petty and members of MGH Police, Security and Outside Services kicked off their first blood drive in partnership with the MGH Blood Donor Center. The department’s goal is to help 90 patients through whole blood and platelet donations during the month of July.

“By participating in this drive as a department, we hope to bring awareness to the need for blood donations year-round and encourage others to help in any way that they can,” says Petty, who helped organize the sponsorship.

Kim Cronin, manager of Donor Services in the Blood Donor Center, hopes this encourages other departments to host blood drives. “I think it is a great opportunity for coworkers to spend time together, donate to the hospital and show support for our patients” Cronin says. “When colleagues donate together, the center has a great social atmosphere and lifts people’s spirits.”

Interested in donating but not a member of Police, Security and Outside Services? The drive is not limited to the department – donors can mention the blood drive at check-in and their donation will go toward the goal.

Visit the Blood Donor Center for more information.

This article was published in the 07/13/18 Hotline issue.