American Red Cross Blood Donors

American Red Cross Blood Donors Red Cross Biomedical Services is the largest single supplier of blood and blood products in the United States, collecting and processing about 40% of the nation's blood supply.

The American Red Cross relies on its proud blood donors and those whose lives were changed by blood donation to help inspire those around them to join this cause by making blood donation a regular part of their lives. The Red Cross provides about 40% of the nation’s blood supply to approximately 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide. In addition, the American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families.

The American Red Cross relies on its proud blood donors and those whose lives were changed by blood donation to help inspire those around them to join this cause by making blood donation a regular part of their lives. The Red Cross provides about 40% of the nation’s blood supply to approximately 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide. In addition, the American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families.

Mission: The mission of American Red Cross Biomedical Services is to fulfill the needs of the American people for the safest, most reliable and most cost-effective blood services through voluntary donations. For more information, visit RedCrossBlood.org. The Red Cross empowers ordinary people to perform extraordinary acts of service. Our blood donors are ordinary people — high school students, factory and office workers, business executives, parents and grandparents, and people from every walk of life. But they share one thing: a generous spirit, a desire to give back to their community and help others. Blood donors play an integral role in the delivery of modern health care. Many lifesaving medical treatments and procedures involve blood transfusions and would not be possible without a safe and reliable blood supply.

Six years ago after hearing a commercial about donating blood on the radio, Diana suggested that her family spend #Black...
11/27/2020
A Family Embraces a Black Friday Tradition of Blood Donation

Six years ago after hearing a commercial about donating blood on the radio, Diana suggested that her family spend #BlackFriday donating blood together. "She thought giving blood was a clever idea and a way for us to be in the fanfare of Black Friday without just buying stuff,” said her husband, Mike. Start your own family blood donation tradition this holiday season - schedule your donation at rcblood.org/2KukotY.

The Hopkins family is thankful to continue to embrace their familiar Black Friday tradition of blood donation with the American Red Cross.

THANKFUL FOR YOU. “I would not be here today if it were not for the talented team of doctors and blood donors that provi...
11/27/2020

THANKFUL FOR YOU. “I would not be here today if it were not for the talented team of doctors and blood donors that provided me with the lifesaving blood products I needed when my life was on the line,” said Emily. She needed more than 20 units of blood when she experienced complications after the birth of her youngest son.

“It humbles me that people I don’t even know helped save my life – thank you just isn’t enough for the gifts I received. Without the generosity of others, I wouldn’t be alive today. I’m thankful that I get to enjoy moments both big and small – go for my lovely morning walks in the woods, hold my husband’s hand, tuck my boys in at night, celebrate birthdays, holidays and graduations. I get to be here with my family, the most important thing in the world to me.”

Give patients a reason to be thankful - schedule your next blood, platelet or plasma donation:

This platelet donation was served up with a side of humor. Feast your eyes on this awesome getup Kay wore when she donat...
11/26/2020

This platelet donation was served up with a side of humor. Feast your eyes on this awesome getup Kay wore when she donated this week in honor of #Thanksgiving. 🦃 Carve out some time for a blood or platelet donation - schedule now: rcblood.org/2KukotY.

As COVID-19 hospitalizations increase, hospital demand for convalescent plasma has also grown. In this ever-changing pan...
11/25/2020

As COVID-19 hospitalizations increase, hospital demand for convalescent plasma has also grown. In this ever-changing pandemic environment, you can help ensure patients have access to all available treatments to help them recover, including convalescent plasma.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

Sign up to give convalescent plasma with the Red Cross: rcblood.org/33jiYt3

Sign up to give whole blood: rcblood.org/3nT7MLq

Spread the word: If you know someone who has recovered from COVID-19, tell them how they can help others in their fight!

11/25/2020
Who does convalescent plasma help?

By donating convalescent plasma with the Red Cross, you may help up to 4 patients with each donation.

Your donation may help someone like Amanda. As a nurse and paramedic, she is used to being the one on the frontline helping patients in need in her community. However, the tables turned for her when she became ill with this coronavirus in late June.

As Amanda’s condition worsened, she was hospitalized in the intensive care unit and received convalescent plasma on July 6.

“The plasma gave my body the boost that it needed to fight COVID,” she says.

What would she say to someone on the fence about donating?

“You have the most precious gift to be able to give someone a second chance at life. What are you waiting for?”

Ready to help? Sign up at rcblood.org/3pUsuMK.

▪️ Your donation undergoes processing and routine testing, including for COVID-19 antibodies.▪️ Convalescent plasma is d...
11/25/2020

▪️ Your donation undergoes processing and routine testing, including for COVID-19 antibodies.
▪️ Convalescent plasma is delivered to hospitals.
▪️ Your plasma is transfused to COVID-19 patients.

Sign up to donate convalescent plasma at https://rcblood.org/3m8nAtf

We encourage individuals without a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis to donate whole blood. The Red Cross is testing all bloo...
11/25/2020

We encourage individuals without a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis to donate whole blood. The Red Cross is testing all blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies. Plasma from antibody-positive whole blood donations may help current coronavirus patients in need.

And, if your blood donation has COVID-19 antibodies, you may also qualify to be a convalescent plasma donor for future donations.

Sign up to give whole blood: https://rcblood.org/39jzwVt

11/25/2020
What is the process for donating convalescent plasma like?

During a convalescent plasma donation, blood is drawn from one arm and sent through a high-tech machine that collects your plasma and then safely and comfortably returns your red cells and platelets back to you, along with some saline. Because of this process, donating plasma does take longer than a regular whole blood donation.

The amount of plasma that can be safely donated is based on your weight and amount of red blood cells in your body. The Red Cross apheresis machine or cell separator carefully calculates this at each donation to ensure the donor’s safety. With each donation, COVID-19 survivors may now have a unique ability to help up to four patients recover from the virus.

Sign up to donate at rcblood.org/3nWD7wY.

If you’re fully recovered from COVID-19 and want to help, the first step is to complete the Donor Request form on our we...
11/25/2020

If you’re fully recovered from COVID-19 and want to help, the first step is to complete the Donor Request form on our website: rcblood.org/36530Ez.

We are working to qualify donors as quickly as possible and hope to respond within 3-5 business days.

If you are eligible to give, a Red Cross representative will call you to schedule a donation appointment at a Red Cross donation center or your information will be referred to another blood collection organization facility near you.

Donating convalescent plasma is a little different from a whole blood donation. In order to donate convalescent plasma, ...
11/25/2020

Donating convalescent plasma is a little different from a whole blood donation. In order to donate convalescent plasma, individuals must meet all regular blood donation requirements plus some additional criteria.

TO BE ELIGIBLE TO GIVE CONVALESCENT PLASMA, AN INDIVIDUAL MUST:
• Be in good health and generally feel well.
• Have a prior, verified diagnosis of COVID-19. You must be symptom-free and fully recovered from COVID-19 and at least 14 days from last date of symptoms.
• Be at least 17 years old and weigh 110 lbs. Additional weight requirements apply for donors age 18 and younger.

Learn more and sign up at rcblood.org/3fFCzbJ

11/25/2020
What is convalescent plasma?

Convalescent plasma is a type of blood donation collected from individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 and contains antibodies that might help patients actively fighting the virus.

Convalescent plasma is a special gift that only those who have recovered from the virus can give.

Learn more and register at https://rcblood.org/3fyHevU

In 2020, we realize more than ever that good health is something to be thankful for. As Thanksgiving approaches, we're g...
11/25/2020

In 2020, we realize more than ever that good health is something to be thankful for. As Thanksgiving approaches, we're giving thanks for those who share their good health by giving blood, platelets or plasma. THANK YOU.

Give patients a reason to be thankful this holiday season - schedule your next blood, platelet or plasma donation: rcblood.org/3977211

With COVID-19 putting a damper on traditional Thanksgiving plans, we know this week may be less stuffed with activities ...
11/24/2020

With COVID-19 putting a damper on traditional Thanksgiving plans, we know this week may be less stuffed with activities for some. How about carving out time to donate blood? The need for blood doesn't pause for the holidays. Schedule now: rcblood.org/2UQ7uZr

Country music superstar Martina McBride is partnering with the Red Cross and Suburban Propane to invite you to give comf...
11/23/2020

Country music superstar Martina McBride is partnering with the Red Cross and Suburban Propane to invite you to give comfort & joy by giving blood this holiday season. In thanks, when you come to give 11/25-11/28, you'll get this T-shirt, courtesy of Suburban Propane, while supplies last. Schedule your appointment now: rcblood.org/39fxLJ9

Melissa, an avid runner, donated convalescent plasma after recovering from COVID-19. “After my first donation, the eupho...
11/22/2020
Runner's World

Melissa, an avid runner, donated convalescent plasma after recovering from COVID-19. “After my first donation, the euphoria and sense of accomplishment I felt was similar to crossing a finish line.” Learn more about convalescent plasma donation at rcblood.org/3lR5b46

“After my first donation, the euphoria and sense of accomplishment I felt was similar to crossing a finish line.”

Country music superstar Martina McBride opened up to American Songwriter about when the need for blood hit home & why sh...
11/21/2020
American Songwriter

Country music superstar Martina McBride opened up to American Songwriter about when the need for blood hit home & why she's advocating for blood donations. "My mom was going to receive blood because someone out there took the time out of their day to donate blood.” Read the full story: bit.ly/35F3H7e

Martina McBride: “You know, you have days when everything feels fine and then you have a blue or blah day where you literally have to take care of each other."

GIVE PATIENTS A REASON TO BE THANKFUL! All who come to give blood, platelets or plasma Nov. 25-28 get a Red Cross T-shir...
11/20/2020

GIVE PATIENTS A REASON TO BE THANKFUL! All who come to give blood, platelets or plasma Nov. 25-28 get a Red Cross T-shirt, courtesy of Suburban Propane (while supplies last), and are entered to win an Outdoor Living Experience, powered by Propane. Schedule your appointment rcblood.org/332mh7Q

The Red Cross is looking for s'more blood donors to help save lives. In thanks, all who come to give by 12/15 will be en...
11/19/2020

The Red Cross is looking for s'more blood donors to help save lives. In thanks, all who come to give by 12/15 will be entered for a chance to win an Outdoor Living Experience, powered by Propane. Prize includes a propane-powered fire pit & more. Give: rcblood.org/3fdILHG

In addition to providing donors insight into if they may have been exposed to COVID-19, screening blood product donation...
11/18/2020

In addition to providing donors insight into if they may have been exposed to COVID-19, screening blood product donations for COVID-19 antibodies helps identify those who may qualify to donate convalescent plasma to support those ill with the virus. Sign up to donate blood at rcblood.org/36OD6Ep.

11/16/2020
Give Comfort. Give Joy. Give Blood.

We're joining with country music superstar Martina McBride and Suburban Propane to remind folks that giving blood is a way to share comfort & joy with hospital patients this holiday season. “If nobody has ever asked you to give blood before, I’m asking you to give blood, especially during this trying time,” said Martina. Sign up to give blood at rcblood.org/3eUcjtU

In thanks, all who come to give by Dec. 15 will be entered for a chance to win an Outdoor Living Experience, powered by Propane.

FEEL GOOD STORY! One by one, Twannia started inviting girlfriends to go to breakfast and donate blood with her. Now it's...
11/16/2020
Group of Friends Gather to Give Blood Regularly

FEEL GOOD STORY! One by one, Twannia started inviting girlfriends to go to breakfast and donate blood with her. Now it's an every 8 week tradition for these four girlfriends - even during the pandemic. Interested in starting your own tradition? Get started at rcblood.org/35s0EPF.

A group of friends meet every eight weeks to donate blood, a tradition they’ve kept for years and are continuing during the COVID-19 pandemic

In honor of World Diabetes Day, we're correcting the myth that those with diabetes can't donate blood. They just need to...
11/15/2020

In honor of World Diabetes Day, we're correcting the myth that those with diabetes can't donate blood. They just need to have their diabetes well controlled. Learn more about other common eligibility topics at rcblood.org/3lvwwsi.

#diabetes

It’s World Kindness Day, the perfect day to do a good deed. 🤗 Pledge an act of kindness today by scheduling your next bl...
11/13/2020

It’s World Kindness Day, the perfect day to do a good deed. 🤗 Pledge an act of kindness today by scheduling your next blood, platelet or plasma donation. Patients will be so grateful you shared your kindness and strength with them. rcblood.org/3kqKiet

Thank you to all who are serving or who have served our country️. Veterans Day seems like the perfect time to highlight ...
11/11/2020
FDA Eligibility Changes Allow More Military Vets and Their Family Members to Give Blood - red cross chat

Thank you to all who are serving or who have served our country️. Veterans Day seems like the perfect time to highlight recent U.S. Food & Drug Administration eligibility changes that allow more military veterans who served in Europe & their families to give blood. Get the details in our blog: rcblood.org/35lA1Mv.

It took over 30 years for two dedicated blood donors, David Adriansen and Sandy Davis, to become eligible to give with the Red Cross again. This summer we welcomed them ...

WHAT IS POWER RED DONATION? Power Red is similar to a whole blood donation, except a special machine is used to allow yo...
11/11/2020

WHAT IS POWER RED DONATION? Power Red is similar to a whole blood donation, except a special machine is used to allow you to safely donate 2 units of red blood cells during one donation while returning your plasma and platelets to you. If you are type O, A- or B-, visit rcblood.org/3eOGRNm to learn more & check out the additional eligibility criteria for this special donation type.

Did you know that a positive COVID-19 antibody test result does not make you ineligible to donate blood? In fact, the pl...
11/10/2020

Did you know that a positive COVID-19 antibody test result does not make you ineligible to donate blood? In fact, the plasma from your donation may go to help someone fighting COVID-19! Make an appointment for your next donation at rcblood.org/3paaiym.

Type O blood is most requested by hospitals and is often in short supply. More type O blood donors are always needed to ...
11/09/2020

Type O blood is most requested by hospitals and is often in short supply. More type O blood donors are always needed to keep up with hospital demand. Learn more about the important role of type O donors and schedule your appointment at rcblood.org/3khfwow.

Melissa donated convalescent plasma after recovering from COVID-19. "I was very scared when I was sick, but I came out o...
11/08/2020
Fit, 35 and Hospitalized With COVID, Woman Donates Plasma to Help Others

Melissa donated convalescent plasma after recovering from COVID-19. "I was very scared when I was sick, but I came out on the other side, so why not pay it forward? If I had needed it, I would have wanted someone to have the courage to do it. You can make an immeasurable difference in someone's life," said Melissa.

Learn more about donating convalescent plasma at https://rcblood.org/2IdrYbB.

THURSDAY, Nov. 5, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- If you've recovered from a COVID-19 infection, you can help as many as four other COVID-19 patients get better, simply by donating your plasma.Is it worth it? Just ask Melissa Sullivan.The 35-year-old COVID-19 survivor and self-confessed needle-phobe donate...

❗️Don't miss this❗️ Receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card by email when you come to give blood or platelets by Nov. 11, cour...
11/07/2020

❗️Don't miss this❗️ Receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card by email when you come to give blood or platelets by Nov. 11, courtesy of Suburban Propane. Hurry - schedule now & help restock the shelves for patients in need: rcblood.org/2GEbdWs

It's flu shot time! We're commonly asked if you can give blood or platelets after getting a flu shot. The answer: Yes, i...
11/06/2020

It's flu shot time! We're commonly asked if you can give blood or platelets after getting a flu shot. The answer: Yes, if you are feeling well. Get answers to other common eligibility questions and make your appointment at rcblood.org/3e7nu1Q

Lacy, a healthy 37-year-old mother of 2, ended up in the hospital on oxygen with COVID-19. When steroids and antiviral m...
11/05/2020

Lacy, a healthy 37-year-old mother of 2, ended up in the hospital on oxygen with COVID-19. When steroids and antiviral medications weren’t helping, doctors gave her one more option – convalescent plasma donated by a COVID-19 survivor.

“I felt such gratitude for the donor who helped me beat COVID,” Lacy said. “I’m so thankful that plasma was available when I needed it. I’ll be donating as soon as I’m eligible to!”

If you’ve recovered from COVID-19, you may be able to donate convalescent plasma to help patients like Lacy. Learn more and fill out the eligibility form at rcblood.org/3oQqlRU.

Voting + giving blood = 2 easy ways to be civically engaged. Also 2 of the only reasons you get stickers as an adult. Sw...
11/03/2020

Voting + giving blood = 2 easy ways to be civically engaged. Also 2 of the only reasons you get stickers as an adult. Swing by rcblood.org/2Gdm7lP to register your appointment to donate today!

Your blood donation is needed this month! In thanks for helping the Red Cross meet patient needs, those who come to give...
11/03/2020

Your blood donation is needed this month! In thanks for helping the Red Cross meet patient needs, those who come to give by Nov. 11 will get a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card by email, courtesy of Suburban Propane. Schedule now: rcblood.org/37SU8TH

A NEW PERSPECTIVE: Melinda wasn’t eligible to donate blood. Instead she helped by setting up Red Cross blood drives at t...
11/02/2020

A NEW PERSPECTIVE: Melinda wasn’t eligible to donate blood. Instead she helped by setting up Red Cross blood drives at the hospital were she volunteered. Though she’s a little embarrassed about it now, she remembers the times she grumbled to colleagues, “How much blood do they need?” while setting them up.

Just last month, Melinda realized the importance of her role as a blood drive volunteer. She experienced uncontrollable bleeding and had to go the emergency room for help. Her hemoglobin was dangerously low, and she needed 3 units of blood right away.

Now Melinda works even harder to ensure blood is on the shelves for patients, taking to social media to implore friends and family to give. (Donate: https://rcblood.org/3mEzCup)

“Most people really don’t think about blood until they need it, and then they assume it will be on the shelf ready to go,” she said. “There is no other source of blood than a healthy, volunteer donor.”

Because she knows firsthand that not everyone can give, Melinda has a message for how everyone can still pitch in: “For those people like me who have not been able to donate, recruit someone to donate in your place! And, if you are a donor now, look around at your friends or family members, and invite them to donate with you.”

FRIENDLY REMINDER! Don’t forget to turn and test on Sunday. Step 1: Turn back your clocks. Step 2: Test your smoke alarm...
11/01/2020

FRIENDLY REMINDER! Don’t forget to turn and test on Sunday.
Step 1: Turn back your clocks.
Step 2: Test your smoke alarms.
Go ahead and throw in step 3, as well: treat yourself to a piece of Halloween candy.
Learn more about preparing for home fires at rdcrss.org/37SvbYP.

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www.redcrossblood.org Contact us: www.redcrossblood.org/contact-us Find a blood drive near you: Enter your ZIP code at https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive Post-donation concern: Call 1-866-236-3276 Eligibility questions: Call 1-866-236-3276 or visit https://www.redcrossblood.org/donate-blood/how-to-donate/eligibility-requirements/eligibility-criteria-alphabetical.html American Red Cross Biomedical Services plays a critical role in our nation's health care system. It is the largest single supplier of blood and blood products in the U.S., collecting and processing about 40 percent of the blood supply and distributing it to some 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide. The Red Cross also plays a leading role in protecting the safety of donors and patients and increasing the availability of blood. It has been among the first to help develop and implement testing for infectious diseases and is frequently the single major contributor to clinical trials to improve blood safety. Providing lifesaving blood and blood products to patients is a key component of the Red Cross mission to help people in times of emergency and disasters.

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Spending Black Friday with my daughter donating blood!
Hi everyone. Can someone please remind me what the interval is between platelet donations? Specifically, is 13 days between them OK? I have scheduled 29-NOV for platelets and 12-DEC for platelets (13 days apart). The reservation system let me do it. I've donated platelets three times this year and whole blood twice, so I'm nowhere near maxing out. I'm concerned that after the one on the 29th, the system won't keep my later one. It's relevant because I want to schedule myself for a transportation pick-up/dropoff for that day to work around my platelet donations and want to do both or neither. Thanks and I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving.
At my whole blood donation in Oct I made my next appointment for Dec 5 in Eau Claire, Wis. On Wed Nov 25 I got a voice msg then an email that it was cancelled. I didn't cancel. What would have occurred for ARC to cancel?
Well it’s nice to see my platelets made it to Ponce Puerto Rico before I’ve been there!
I Love the American Red cross
Ridiculous question I know but a truthful one . My mom has had sex with 3 different men over the past 3 months. Is she still able to donate?
I've always wondered why blood type is not listed on birth certificates and driver's licenses. If the information was readily available, the demand for O- would not be as crucial. Seems so simple of a fix, to me.
Any way that the free T-shirt promotion can be extended. Anytime there is a promotion there is NO blood drives in my area.❤️ Not that anyone gives for just the promotion. But it’s kind of fun to be rewarded for your time and efforts from time to time. I think it should be a month long.
Who will join me in donating platelets that could help with transfusion patients and those fighting the corona virus. Donation includes free testing for antibodies!
People stop donating because of the inefficiency when you go to donate. Yesterday i waited 2 hours after my scheduled appt. Before i was taken in. The wait was shorter back before you even had an appt and just showed up. I do not want to give up but having to plan on 2 1/2 hrs for a 20 minute procedure is hard to justify
I got the shingles shot, can I still donate?
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