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ANDREW TURCO: Right now, it's very strange.
It's very surreal.
There's really no one here.
Kind of the energy that you feel when
you walk around this campus is kind of on pause right now.
You know, I've always felt like one of the best ways
to feel normal when things are chaotic it
is find a way to help.
MIT has flood drives, I believe, every 56 days.
And they were all canceled because of COVID-19.
So within the police department, I'm
spearheading a blood drive that is police and first responder
only.
And that's going to take place on June 19.
There'll be no walk ins.
Everybody will have to schedule in advance.
The Red Cross has come up with ways
to make sure social distancing takes
place, that people are wearing masks.
You know, they take people's temperature
as they're coming in.
They still do the full questionnaire and everything
they used to do.
But there's definitely, they made
sure there's a safe distance in between each person that's
donating.
INTERVIEWER: That's great.
And what else are you doing to keep yourself
feeling connected with family and friends and the greater
community?
ANDREW TURCO: To stay connected and find
ways to help outside the department,
in my personal life, I came up with this series of events
with a friend of mine from college.
It's called Inside Voices.
And it's stories and drinks for adults.
We have a number of storytellers.
We have some chefs do cooking demonstrations.
We have a bartender do a drink demonstration.
And then there's live music.
And the other side of it is that we raise
money for local charities.
The whole idea is that it lets people just kind of get away.
You know, even though people can't really go out,
they can't go to restaurants, they can,
for two hours, every three weeks,
they can kind of focus on something
that is not this place that we are right now.
INTERVIEWER: I got you just as you took a mouthful of coffee.