Donating blood is essential to community health—and the need for blood is constant. It takes about 10 minutes of your time, but you’ll walk out knowing your donation has the power to dramatically change the course of someone’s life.
Who benefits from blood donations?
Blood donations benefit everyone from hemophilia patients to accident victims in emergency situations.
Right now, American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donations to eliminate potential blood shortages in the future.
How do I know if I’m eligible to donate?
There’s a very good chance you meet the criteria to donate. If you’re generally in good health—even with a chronic condition—and you’re at least 17 years old, you are eligible to donate blood.
Read more about eligibility criteria »
What blood type is best for donating blood?
All blood types are valuable and can help save lives—no matter if you’re type A, B, AB, O, or unknown.
Read this explainer on blood types »
Are there other ways to donate?
Plus, you can also volunteer your time to help advance the cause.
How long does it take to donate blood?
Donating a pint of blood takes about 10 minutes—and just one pint can save up to three lives.
The entire process—including registration and a quick mini-physical to ensure you’re healthy to donate when you arrive—takes under an hour.
How can I schedule an appointment in my area?
Search for a blood drive in your area »
You can help meet the needs of patient care by donating blood in your community. If you have questions, we can help!
Source: American Red Cross