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American Red Cross Collects 771 Units of Blood in Foxborough

The record number of units collected from last Saturday's blood drive at Gillette Stadium could help up to 2,313 patients in need, according to the American Red Cross.

Foxborough is a town known for its volunteerism and community spirit so it comes as no surprise that last Saturday's "Mega" Blood Drive at Gillette Stadium was an overwhelming success.

The American Red Cross collected 771 units of blood in Foxborough last Saturday - the most ever collected in six years of the Gillette Stadium event. Those units, according to the American Red Cross, could help up to 2,313 patients in need.

"We are thrilled with the outpouring of support and the 771 lifesaving units we collected," said Donna M. Morrissey, American Red Cross Spokesperson & Director of Communications for the American Red Cross Blood Services Northeast Division. "Blood donors joined with Bob's Discount Furniture, the New England Patriots and the American Red Cross to support hospital patients in need. This only underscores the day-to-day need the Red Cross has year round to maintain a sufficient blood supply."

The sixth annual "Mega" Blood Drive at Gillette Stadium's Putnam Club last Saturday was a joint effort between Bob’s Discount Furniture, the American Red Cross and the New England Patriots.

On Friday, Nov. 30, Ironman and volunteer spokesperson for the American Red Cross, Brian Boyle, visited Foxborough High School to share his story, promote the blood drive and encourage students to give blood and save someone's life. The 26-year-old's message was about beating the odds, overcoming adversity and making a difference by giving blood to save a life.

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