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"Dear hero, I don't know who you are, but your blood helped me survive a bomb in Afghanistan. Because of you, I got a second chance at life." Quote from Earl, a blood donation recipient.

How can you help save lives?
By giving blood.

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood for surgeries, cancer treatments, childbirth, anemia, serious injuries, blood disorders, and more. Your generous donation can make a difference to millions of Americans—including people in your own community.

Why Giving Is Critical

A Constant Need

Our nation’s blood supply dropped to historic lows during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are no longer in crisis, but we need your help to ensure there is never a shortage again. Donate today to make sure blood is available when it’s needed. Then donate again and again and again. The more often you give, the more lives you can save.

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Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. 1

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Donating blood just once can help save more than one life. 1

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Blood only has a shelf life of 42 days. 1

Photograph of Cesar, a blood donation recipient.

The generosity of those who donated the blood that helped save me allowed me to live again.


See Cesar’s Story
Photograph of Heather, a blood donation recipient.

Every time I receive a blood donation, it is a refresh on life. I’m just so thankful that people are willing to do that.


See Heather’s Story
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What common concerns do people have?

It’s normal to have concerns about donating blood, especially if you are a first-time donor. Put your mind at ease with answers to these common questions.

See Common Concerns
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What is the blood donation process?

Giving blood is safe and simple, especially when you take steps to prepare.

Learn About the Process
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Can I donate?

Many people who didn’t think they could donate blood are surprised to find out they can. Learn whether you can save lives by giving blood.

Find Out if You’re Eligible
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What are the donation types?

Learn about the different kinds of blood donations and why some types take longer to collect.

Learn the Donation Types
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Where can I donate?

There are a variety of places to donate blood throughout the country, ranging from neighborhood blood drives to large donation centers.

Find a Place Near You


  1. American Red Cross. (2022). Importance of the Blood Supply. Facts About Blood Supply In The U.S. | Red Cross Blood Services. Retrieved from