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Recovery 2011

Across the country, severe winter storms have forced thousands of expected pints of blood to go uncollected; up to 30,000 and still climbing! As a result, Red Cross blood collections in the month of January were the lowest we have seen in a decade.

Join the Recovery by making an appointment to donate blood or finding a Red Cross “Recovery 2011” blood drive near you!

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Donor Stories

Submitted by our visitors

Give so someone can live
Well my story is very simple. My dad does kidney dialysis at home, so I am use to seeing blood. Just seeing what he... Read more
Give blood, it matters!
June 22, 2015


My name is John. On December 27, 2010 I was injured in an accident in front... Read more
Help a Life Save a Life
My grandmother gives blood as much as she can. I never understood why until my age started increasing. If I can save... Read more