The U.S. is currently experiencing a severe shortage of blood. Consider being a blood donor! If you’re not sure if you’re eligible or have never donated blood before, learn about eligibility requirements here.
Blood donation is a safe and simple procedure. All donated blood products are carefully tested and then stored or shipped so they are ready for patients who need a blood transfusion.
Your donation can help save lives. Find a blood donation center near you.
Did you know?
- About every 2 seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.
- Only 3% of age-eligible individuals in the U.S. give blood each year.
- Most blood types fall into one of the four major groups: A, B, AB, O. However, some people have rare blood types that fall outside the major groups, and for these patients, we need a more diverse blood supply.
Share with others the importance of blood donation & safety!
- Drop-in article: This pre-written article (available in English and Spanish) can be used in your newsletters, bulletins, blogs, or website. Or send to your local media for sharing during National Blood Donor Awareness Month.
- Social Media Resources: Share these resources on social media and tag us @BloodHealthEd on Twitter!
- Fact Sheets: Download or order print copies of these blood donation fact sheets.
- Video: Watch & share the "Protecting Our Blood Supply" video (available in English and Spanish) to learn about how blood keeps us alive and how donated blood is kept safe.
Learn more about the importance of blood donation, blood types, and how to donate blood.
- The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Blood Bank
- American Red Cross Diversity in Blood Types
- America’s Blood Centers: DonatingBlood.org
- CDC’s Get Involved: Donate Blood. Save Lives.
- HHS: Giving = Living Campaign
- HHS: Giving Blood and Plasma
- NHLBI’s Treatments for Blood Disorders Health Topic
- National Library of Medicine’s Blood Transfusion and Donation Health Topic