Bedford firefighters and staff from the Boston Children’s Hospital blood donor program ran a blood drive from the BCH Bloodmobile, parked behind the Fire Station on Friday afternoon. The event exceeded expectations, drawing 35 donors in just 6 hours – Image (c) JMcCT, 2019 all rights reserved – Click to view a larger image

By Julie McCay Turner

The Bloodmobile was busy on Friday afternoon – Image (c) JMcCT, 2019 all rights reserved

Thanks to Bedford’s firefighters and their Bedford Local 2310 partners, the Boston Children’s Hospital Bloodmobile visited Bedford on Friday, May 17 and brought 35 Pints for Half-Pints back to Boston. According to the BCH Donor Team, a blood drive is deemed successful if it garners 25 pints.

Organized by firefighter Matt Busa, the blood drive ran for 6 hours and drew both pre-registered donors and walk-in supporters motivated by the signs in front of the fire station.

And in a quiet moment, the BCH team celebrated a member’s birthday – Image (c) JMcCT, 2019 all rights reserved

Although the BCH Blood Mobile regularly visits other sites in Bedford, this was their first time at the Fire Station. Lyla Lane, Friday’s crew chief, confessed that the firemen were fabulous hosts, with a cookout to supplement the typical post-donation collation of cookies and fruit juice. On a more serious note, Lane noted that BCH blood donations are not typically used in catastrophic cases, but more ordinarily to keep children healthy. She added that each pint donated will help up to 4 children.

About Donating Blood at Boston Children’s Hospital

The Children’s Blood Donor Center is an independent collection facility serving the needs of pediatric patients in the Longwood Medical Area. Established in 1958 primarily to provide fresh blood for the new field of open heart surgery, we now supply virtually all of the blood and blood products used at Children’s. If you are eligible, please help us meet the needs of our young patients by donating.

Click this link to learn more about donating blood or plasma at Boston Children’s Hospital, or click this link to make a donation appointment online.

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