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Blood Drives

Blood Donation Information

Every minute of every day, someone needs blood. That blood can only come from a volunteer donor, a person like you who makes the choice to donate. There is no substitute for your donation.

When you make a blood donation, you join a very select group. Currently only 3 out of every 100 people in America donate blood.

From its beginning, the American Red Cross has formed a community of service, of generous, strong and decent people bound by beliefs beyond themselves. The American Red Cross blood donor embodies this principle. Please join us in our mission to maintain a safe and stable blood supply by making your appointment to donate blood today.

Donation Type Donation Frequency
Blood (whole blood) Every 56 days
Platelets Every 7 days, up to 24 times a year
Plasma Every 28 days, up to 13 times a year
Double Red Cells Every 112 days, up to 3 times a year

Blood Donor Requirements


Blood Donors Must:
  • Be healthy*
  • Be at least 17 years old in most states, or 16 years old with parental consent if allowed by state law
  • Weigh at least 110 lbs.
  • Further requirements may apply. Eligibility is determined for each individual during a pre-process evaluation. For more information, visit the American Red Cross Website.

*Note: Healthy means that you feel well and can perform normal activities. If you have a chronic condition such as diabetes,it also means that you are being treated and the condition is under control.

Other aspects of each potential donor's health history are discussed as part of the donation process before any blood is collected. Each donor receives a brief examination during which temperature, pulse, blood pressure and hemoglobin (or hematocrit) are measured.

Making donations for your own use during surgery (autologous blood donation) is considered a medical procedure that requires a written prescription and the rules for eligibility are less strict than for regular volunteer donations.