More About the Blue Tag Program

  • Blue Tags will be available at all Red Cross Donor Centers and Blood Drives in Central Maryland, Washington D.C.,  Northern Virginia, and York and Adams Counties in PA. 
  • If you would like to designate your donation with a Blue Tag, simply as your phlebotomist to tag you unit for a Sickle Cell Disease patient.
  • Red Cross technicians will also provide information about this program to all self identified African American donors, and invite them to use the Blue Tag.
  • The Blue Tag will identify the donated blood as having come from an African American donor, and it will be tested for special characteristics that may make it a match for a local Sickle Cell patient.
  • If a local Sickle Cell patient does not need your blood at this time, it will not be wasted; it will go to another patient in need.