CambridgeSide to Host Blood Drive with Massachusetts General Hospital Blood Donor Program

Thursday, August 20, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS (August 2020) – CambridgeSide ( will host a blood donation drive in partnership with Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Blood Donor Program on Thursday August 20, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Canal Park next to CambridgeSide Food Court Entrance. Donors are asked to register in advance by visiting to schedule an appointment

“The need for blood donations is at an all-time high and we are pleased to partner with MGH to host this important effort,” says Melissa LaVita, Senior Marketing Director of CambridgeSide.

Massachusetts General Hospital now faces a severe blood shortage due to blood drive cancellations in response to the coronavirus outbreak. During the summer, MGH had 92 blood drives scheduled with corporate and community sponsors. Currently there are just 13 blood drives confirmed over the next 3 months. Healthy individuals are needed now to donate to help patients counting on lifesaving blood.

In order to maintain physical distancing, appointments are required at all blood drives and the donor center. For more information, visit or call 617-724-9699.

Volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those in need
The need for blood does not stop for anything, not even a pandemic. It is estimated that every 2 seconds, someone needs blood. MGH is a level 1 transplant, cancer and trauma center that often works with the most difficult cases. This blood shortage could impact patients who need transplants, victims of car accidents and other emergencies, or patients suffering from cancer.

“I have worked at the MGH Blood Donor Center for 24 years, through 9/11, the Marathon bombing and severe shortages. But this is the very worst I have ever seen. With no end in sight as to when we can return to operations as normal, companies and schools do not want to commit to a blood drive. Despite what is going on in the world, people need blood and blood products. Blood cannot be manufactured. It can only be donated by healthy individuals,” notes Kim Cronin, Manager of Donor Services at the MGH Blood Donor Program.

Blood Donation is a Safe and Necessary Healthcare Function
Blood drives are a strictly regulated medical process. MGH must adhere to CDC, FDA and hospital guidelines. MGH has efforts to include sanitization of all donor touched areas between each donor. Cleaning the pens, clipboards, blood pressure cuffs, desks, donor chairs, and more ensures a safe environment for all.

Donor appointments are required, as there is a need to limit the number of people donating at one time.

MGH follows strict infection control measures including:

  • Checking the temperature of staff and donors before entering a drive to make sure they are healthy
  • All staff wearing masks
  • All donors are required to wear masks
  • Providing hand sanitizer for use before the drive, as well as throughout the donation process
  • Spacing donors to follow social distancing practices
  • Increasing enhanced disinfecting of surfaces and equipment
  • All staff wear gloves and change gloves with each donor
  • Using sterile collection sets for every donation
  • Preparing the arm for donation with an aseptic scrub

To donate blood, individuals need to bring a photo ID, be 17 years of age (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in generally good health.

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