Celebrate National Volunteer Month by donating blood and helping to save lives
Southwest Blood Services Region
Potentially lifesaving blood donations can only come from generous volunteers. This April, during National Volunteer Month, the American Red Cross invites eligible donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and help meet the constant need for donated blood.
Approximately 5,600 times a day someone receives blood donated through the Red Cross. While all types are needed, donors with type O positive or negative, B negative and A negative are especially encouraged to give.
Nationally, nearly 400,000 Red Cross volunteers support the mission, which represents more than 90 percent of the Red Cross workforce.
Volunteers respond to house fires, teach lifesaving skills, support military members, host blood drives, donate blood and much more.
The Red Cross celebrates its volunteers and the work they do to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies.
How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.