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“Dear hero, whoever you are, you're saving my life because your donation makes my treatments possible.” Quote from Arabel, a plasma donation recipient.

Giving = Living was created for one reason. To save lives.

Blood and plasma are needed on an ongoing basis to treat a variety of life-threatening conditions. The Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy (OIDP), part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), created Giving = Living to increase awareness of the importance of donating blood and plasma and to encourage Americans to donate regularly.

Be someone’s hero. Give urgently needed blood or plasma.

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Giving Blood

Donated blood is used for surgeries, cancer treatments, childbirth, anemia, serious injuries, blood disorders, and more. Just one donation can save up to three lives.

Learn More About Giving Blood Find a Donation Center
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Giving Plasma

Plasma, which is part of blood, is used in emergencies to help stop bleeding, for cancer treatments, in developing cures for rare diseases, and more.

Learn More About Giving Plasma Find a Donation Center
Photograph of Crystal, a plasma donation recipient.

I am grateful for the plasma treatment I received because it was my only lifeline.

—Crystal

Read Crystal’s Story
Photograph of Earl, a blood donation recipient.

I have a second chance at life because of people who donated their time and part of themselves.

—Earl

Read Earl’s Story
Photograph of Michele, a plasma donation recipient.

Help us find more heroes. Promote the campaign.

Download the campaign materials to help us get the word out. The more donors we have, the more lives we can save.

Blood Campaign Materials Plasma Campaign Materials