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Asian Community Outreach Program

To best meet the needs of hospital patients, it is vital that the blood supply reflect the diversity of our community.  Increasing diverse blood donor recruitment is critical to the future of our Nation’s blood supply.

Some patients of Asian descent require a closer blood match than that provided by the ABO positive/negative blood typing.  For this reason, it is extremely important to increase the number of available blood donors from the Asian communities.  5% of the total eligible population gives blood.  However, less than 1% of the Asian community donates blood. 

Certain blood types are unique to specific racial and ethnic groups.  For example the majority of Asian donors are type B. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the blood donation process?

  • Registration – our staff or volunteers will sign you in and go over basic eligibility and donation information.
  • Mini-Physical – you will answer some questions during a private and confidential interview about your health history and places you have travelled.
  • The Donation – the actual donation takes about 8-10 minutes, during which you will be seated comfortably.
  • Refreshment – after donating, you should have a snack and something to drink provided by the American Red Cross in the refreshment area.

Potential Deferrals

  • One year for travel to certain areas in Asia.
  • Must have been a resident of the United States 3 consecutive years.
  • Low weight – donors must weigh at least 110 lbs.
  • Low hemoglobin, sometimes due to a vegetarian or vegan diet.
  • If you are deferred, you can still make a difference.  Most deferrals are temporary, and donors can plan their next donation right away.  For extended or permanent deferrals, you can support the Red Cross mission in other ways.

What can I do if I am deferred?

  • Determine if your deferral is a temporary or permanent.
  • If permanent:
    • You can become a volunteer
    • Ask family and friends to donate
    • Organize a blood drive at your job, church, school or community group

How do I prepare to donate blood?

  • Maintain a healthy level of iron in your diet before donating.
  • Be sure to drink plenty of fluids the day of your donation.
  • Wear clothing with sleeves that can easily be rolled up above the elbow.
  • Maintain a healthy level of iron in your diet before donating. (green leafy vegetables and dark color fruit have higher iron levels)
  • Bring a list of medications you are taking.
  • Bring either your donor card, driver’s license or two other forms of picture identification. 

Contact Us

To schedule a blood donation appointment Click Here or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

To receive more information about organizing a blood drive in your community, Click Here.