Donna Morrissey, who served as director of national partnerships for the American Red Cross Biomedical Services, has died of COVID-19, according to the organization.
Morrissey was the spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Boston at the height of the clergy sex abuse scandal in the early 2000s. She left in 2003 and, later that year, took a job with the Red Cross.
The American Red Cross expressed its condolences in a statement and praised Morrissey for her humanitarian work.
“Donna was a dedicated, kind and talented humanitarian who, over her many years with our organization, worked daily to encourage the need for lifesaving blood donations while also deploying to numerous large-scale disasters and mass casualty events including Superstorm Sandy, Sandy Hook, the Boston Marathon bombing, the Pulse Nightclub shooting, and Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, to name a few," the Red Cross said. "She never hesitated to do whatever she could to help those in need during their most devastating moments, whether that was a hand to hold or a shoulder to cry on."
The statement says that Morrissey's "heartfelt compassion, vibrant spirit and unwavering dedication will be dearly missed by her Red Cross family."
With reporting from the Associated Press.
This article was originally published on May 23, 2020.