Taiwanese community groups organize blood drive and barbecue at MIT
By Ling-Mei Wong
Three Taiwanese community organizations teamed up for a blood drive and barbecue at the MIT Sailing Pavilion on July 26. The event attracted 44 blood donors and 70 party guests on a rainy day.
The blood drive was one of the Taiwan Youth Chamber of Commerce of New England’s goals for 2012. “We wanted our organization to connect to the community,” said Shaoyu Chang, TYCCNE public relations director and Tufts University graduate student. The group joined forces with the Taiwanese American Professionals Boston and MIT Taiwanese Student Association to host the event.
Boston Children’s Hospital brought a blood drive truck out to Memorial Drive, which attracted passersby along with registered donors. The event exceeded its original goal of 30 donors. Several would-be donors did not meet requirements to give blood, which could have pushed the donor figure past 44.
“Your drive did great,” said Maureen Zuzevich, coordinator of Boston Children’s Hospital Blood Bank, in a prepared statement. “You had 44 people present to donate, and we collected 30 bags of blood. Each pint of blood can help as many as four children.”
The donors and guests enjoyed grilled Taiwanese sausage shipped from California, along with winter melon tea and sweet corn.
“Looking at the future, we hope to continue planting the seeds of community service and public good in the Asian community,” said Lisa Kang, TYCCNE president, in a prepared statement.
The event was attended by Michelle Wu, Boston city council candidate, and representatives from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office.
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