Rockport Navy Committee
Holiday Blood Drive
Give a gift that can save a life!
The Rockport Navy Committee is sponsoring a Holiday Blood Drive at the Rockport Police Department, 168 Main Street, Rockport, on Saturday, December 16th, 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in conjunction with Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).
This year’s blood drive is dedicated to those who have served and are still serving in the US military. Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 with written parental permission). Donors over 65 please call 617-726-8171 for special guidelines. Most healthy people over 65 CAN donate.
To make donating as easy and comfortable as possible, MGH will bring a state of the art bloodmobile completely staffed with a RN, phlebotomists, and/or LPNs. The bloodmobile is entirely self-contained with four donor beds, two soundproof medical history booths and snack area.
Blood is a medicine that can only be given from one person to another - no other source is currently available. Blood supplies often run low during the holiday season due to increased need and donors feeling they’re too busy to donate. A half hour can save three or four lives! Challenge your friends and family to give blood. The bloodmobile can accommodate three to four people every fifteen minute. Make your appointment early and donate as a group!
For those who cannot give blood there’s another opportunity to help by donating small stuffed animals (6-10”), hand-held games, nail polish kits, Hot Wheels/Matchbox, craft kits, tween/teen puzzle/crossword books or other items to keep a child busy. They will be distributed to the children in MGH and at Shriners Hospital. All items must be new and unwrapped. Donating a gift to a hospitalized child is a wonderful opportunity to teach children about compassion and the spirit of giving.