Why Host a Blood Drive?

Host a Blood Drive

Hosting a blood drive with the American Red Cross is a partnership where everyone wins:

  • Organizations gain goodwill from their community and build morale and camaraderie as their members work together for a good cause
  • Blood donors feel good about giving back together with colleagues, friends or peers,
  • The Red Cross is better able to fulfill its mission of ensuring the availability of a safe and reliable blood supply
  • Patients in the community and across the nation receive the gift of life.

Hosting a blood drive is a rewarding experience.  As a blood drive coordinator you will:

  • Take leadership
  • Work with many groups or people across your organization
  • Bring people together in a spirit of teamwork to make your event successful
  • Promote a cause that saves millions of lives each year.

Why Host a Blood Drive?

Carrie's Story - Click play on the video to the right to watch a story of life changing compassion.

Partnering with the Red Cross

The Red Cross was founded on the simple idea of neighbors helping neighbors in time of need.  The Red Cross brings more than 50 years of blood collection and transfusion experience, deep community connections and a network of nationwide resources.

The Red Cross difference: 

Commitment to the communities across America

  • Blood Services: We collect more than 6 million donations annually
  • Disaster Relief: We respond to more than 70,000 disasters annually.
  • Health and Safety: We train more than 11 million individuals nationwide each year in life-saving skills, such as CPR, first aid, and water safety.
  • Community Services: We support communities with transportation, food, babysitting, referral and other services for the homeless and the elderly.
  • Armed Forces Emergency: We help reconnect families separated by armed conflict and deliver messages to family members serving in the Armed Services.


  • More than 50 years operating the nation’s largest single blood program
  • More than 200,000 blood drives with partner organizations
  • A trusted provider for patients in more than 3,000 hospitals around the U.S., providing services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • A leader in transfusion medicine

Nationwide Resources

  • One of the most extensive lines of blood products
  • Largest inventory of rare blood units
  • Transfusion medicine research and innovation
  • Ability to respond to national emergencies through a nationwide network.
  • National blood inventory management – enabling us to ship blood quickly to where it is needed. 
  • Medical professionals available for transfusion related consultations