Did you know:
The Red Cross blood supply gets low in the summer months. Eligible blood and platelet donors of all blood types are urged to give now and help save lives. Often in summertime the blood products go out faster than donations come in. Your help is needed to meet hospital patient needs.
Please make an appointment now to give blood through the Red Cross and help ensure enough blood is available for patients in the coming days and weeks.
Register to Donate:
We encourage you to register in advance, though walk-ins on the day of the drive are also appreciated. Registering in advance has several advantages: It allows you to plan your day for the appointment time that works best for you, and ensures your donation process will be as quick and efficient as possible. It also allows the Red Cross to gauge the number of donors to expect when they schedule their staffing and supplies needs for the week. There is also a lot of helpful information on-line available for you to browse.
To pre-register, go on-line to www.redcrossblood.org, and input sponsor code ‘CNS’ in the “Find a Blood Drive” box in the upper right hand of the page. Find the available appointment time that works best for you and sign in.
Here is some general information you may find helpful.
- Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
- Donating blood is a safe process. A sterile needle is used only once for each donor and then discarded.
- Blood donation is a simple four-step process: registration, medical history, mini-physical, donation and refreshments.
- The actual donation typically takes less than 10 – 12 minutes. The entire process, from when you arrive to the time you leaves takes between 45 minutes and 1 hour 15 minutes.
- Donors may save time by filling out a RapidPass form on-line on the day of their donation prior to arriving at the blood drive. [Note: Not available until the morning of July 5.]
Information you give to the American Red Cross during the donation process is confidential. It may not be released without your permission except as directed by law.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please go on-line at www.redcrossblood.org