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Attention: Online appointment scheduling will be temporarily unavailable for scheduled maintenance from Saturday, April 19 at 6:00 pm ET until Sunday, April 20 at 9:00 am ET.

To make a blood donation appointment, please call 
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Donor Stories

Submitted by our visitors

Duped by a drill instructor
The first time I donated blood was in 1984 when I was in Army basic training. Half the guys in my platoon... Read more
My Pain is Worth It!
I wanted to give blood because I knew by doing so that I would be saving three lives. Even though needles are my... Read more
I Feel Like A Hero!
I was unable to give blood the first time when my school had a blood drive. However, a month later I went to the... Read more