FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (May 13, 2020) – For the past five weeks, Gillette Stadium has hosted a series of blood drives to support the Kraft Family Blood Donor Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham & Women's Hospital.
To date, there have been 13 blood drives hosted inside the Cross Insurance Pavilion and Business Center at Gillette Stadium. Thanks to the support of generous donors, all 13 of the collections have been fully booked by more than 500 individual donors.
Due to the increased demand for blood donations, Gillette Stadium will continue to host blood drives every Monday, Wednesday and Friday until the end of June. The Kraft Family Blood Donor Center will facilitate their 34th collection drive on June 29.
"We have been blown away by the success of these blood drives," said Josh Kraft, president of the New England Patriots Foundation. "We're thankful for all of those that have contributed and for all of those who plan to donate blood in the future. The need for blood donations is greater than ever so it's important that we continue to support our healthcare system. We hope that eligible donors will continue to schedule appointments and make a potentially life-saving donation."
Donating blood has been deemed an essential service by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is still safe to donate blood during this pandemic and eligible and healthy donors are strongly encouraged to make a donation. The CDC is supporting this effort by providing recommendations that will keep donors and staff safe.
Interested donors must schedule an appointment in advance. There are no walk-ins allowed. Interested donors are encouraged to read all of the health and safety guidelines provided by the Kraft Family Blood Donor Center before making a potential life-saving donation.
To learn more about this initiative or to schedule an appointment, visit https://www.gillettestadium.com/kraft-family-blood-center/.