Blood is needed every two seconds in the U.S. to help patients battling injury and illness. As COVID-19 cases have risen across the U.S., so has the need for convalescent plasma, leading to a shortage of this potentially lifesaving blood product.
Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask in alignment with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's public guidance.
All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card, driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in Michigan), weigh at least 110 pounds, and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Find a place to safely donate blood near you. Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, or before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions on the Red Cross's website or use the Blood Donor App.