On Monday, June 11, 2018, the American Red Cross presented Commissioner William Evans with a Certificate of Recognition in honor of the Boston Police Relief Association’s efforts during department blood drives which are held four times each year. In 2017, the men and women of the Boston Police Department gave 362 blood donations which impacted 1,086 patients and their families. The Commissioner thanked the Red Cross for always being there to help victims of violent crime across our city and for their life saving contributions which have helped save BPD officers who have been wounded in the line of duty.
The American Red Cross is currently launching a new initiative entitled the “Missing Types Movement” to raise awareness for the ongoing need for donations of all blood types: “Missing A's, B's, and O's don’t just look odd. When A, B and O blood types are missing from hospital shelves, lives of patients are on the line. Iconic brands, celebrities and influencers have joined the #MissingType movement this summer to raise awareness that new blood donors are needed every day to save the lives of patients who depend on the generosity of volunteer donors.” To learn more, please check out www.redcrossblood.org