Posted by Ken Sprague on Jan 13, 2021
In 2020, through the efforts of the Rotary Club of Tewksbury and the Wamesit Masonic Lodge, the Red Cross was able to move many of its blood drives, which were cancelled in other donor buildings because of the COVID-19 pandemic, to the Tewksbury Masonic building.

With the assistance of David Hicks of the Wamesit Masonic building and Ken Sprague, president of the Tewksbury club, the Red Cross held almost three times the number of blood drive traditionally held during the year at the Masonic building, The Red Cross collected approximately 565 pints of blood in 2020.

“The Red Cross is so grateful to organizations like the Masonic Lodge and Tewksbury Rotary Club,” said Deborah Zirbes, donor-services executive for the Massachusetts Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “As we continue to meet the nation’s critical blood needs during this pandemic, we’ve been challenged to find locations that can accommodate the extra space and safety requirements that come with COVID protocols and still make our donors, volunteers and staff feel welcome. Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. These partner organizations are a ​critical factor in helping the Red Cross meet that need.”

For more information about the Red Cross, click here.

For more information about the Wamesit Masonic Lodge, click here.

For more information about the Rotary Club of Tewksbury, click here, or contact club President Ken Sprague at

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