“It’s a very important job and there’s some very important stuff in these boxes.”– Tommy Nevitt, American Red Cross Biomedical Services Employee
Tommy Nevitt is originally from Mississippi but came to Chicago in 1979. After working various different jobs, he found a great fit at the American Red Cross as a Blood Services Transportation Specialist; basically the driver who makes sure blood products get where they need to go.
Tommy has been with the Red Cross for over 11 years now and has developed good relationships with the hospitals in his comings and goings. He says they’re usually happy to see him and in a single 8 hour shift he may visit up to 10 hospitals.
Being a biomedical driver means being organized, efficient and flexible while representing the Red Cross. Blood is vital for so many things: surgeries, therapies, cancer treatments and more, and being a part of the process comes with responsibility and respect. Drivers like Tommy work alongside a team of volunteer drivers to deliver blood products in large boxes to hospital blood banks regularly as the need for blood is constant.
“It kind of makes you feel important, and when people see you they show you a lot of respect. Makes you feel like you’re really doing something special.”– Tommy Nevitt
Between deliveries Tommy says the driving gives him a chance to think and stay clear-headed. He says its a good job for people who like to drive and can focus on something.
As the Red Cross celebrates men and women of color who contribute to our humanitarian service, we’re proud to recognize Tommy and his many years of service to the Red Cross and our mission.
“I back that up 100% and have respect for the Red Cross for celebrating all we’re representing. It’s a very important job and there’s some very important stuff in these boxes”– Tommy Nevitt
As a Transportation Specialist volunteer, you will be the critical link between blood donors and blood recipients by delivering blood, platelets or other blood products to a hospital.
Written by Illinois Region Communications Manager Holly Baker