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September 19, 2008

CONTACT: Peter Van Delft
(617) 961-6682


On September 11th, the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department joined with Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) in an effort to secure blood donations that will be used to help save the lives of children in need.

Deploying their state–of–the–art mobile laboratory known as “the Bloodmobile,” BCH technicians sat curbside at the Suffolk County House of Correction (HOC) from mid–morning into the late afternoon drawing blood from members of the Sheriff’s Department who volunteered to give pints.

Continuing with their well–established relationship with the BCH, the Sheriff’s Department took part in the “Pints For Half–Pints” blood drive earlier this summer at both the HOC and the Nashua Street Jail, contributing a total of 95 pints of blood.

This time, the Department stepped up on short notice to fill the void created when a previously scheduled donor agency was forced to cancel with the BCH. Despite the limited advance preparation time, the HOC staff was able to contribute 71 pints of blood to the drive – surpassing their previous event’s total of 60 pints.

According to Lieutenant Dan Ryan, Employee Assistance Coordinator and one of the organizers of the drive, the gravity and significance of the event was heightened by its proximity to the solemn anniversary of the attacks of September 11th in 2001.

“Because we’ve been doing these blood drives with Children’s Hospital for the past few years, a lot of people already understand how important it is to give blood,” Ryan said. “For each pint of blood that’s donated, four children are helped. The response here has been great.”

“It’s especially meaningful on this day,” Lt. Ryan continued, “because when the attacks of September 11th happened, a lot of us wanted to go and do what we could to help but we couldn’t be there. This is an opportunity for us to come out and help people in need while we remember the events of that day.”

If you are an organization that is interested in setting up a bloodmobile drive, please contact Maureen Zuzevich, Donor Recruitment Representative at: 617–355–1997 (Office) or 617–935–7597 (Cell).

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