Getting Others Involved

If you cannot donate blood but would like to help with your school blood drive, or if you just want to do more to ensure blood is there for patients who need it, here are other ways you can support the cause:

Recruit Blood Donors

  • Form a recruitment team to help recruit donors for the blood drive or just spread the word about the need for blood.
  • Hand out information or brochures about the blood drive, the blood donation process and the constant need for blood.
  • Share information about the blood drive and the need for blood on Facebook and Twitter, in the school newspaper, the hallway bulletin boards and any other place where people might see it.

Get Social

  • Make a personal ask. Talk to friends face-to-face and ask them to consider giving blood. Many people say they’ve never given blood because no one has asked them.
  • Send text messages or emails to friends about the upcoming blood drive.
  • Post information about donating blood on Facebook or Twitter.
  • Make it a social event - organize a blood drive with friends or go together with friends to donate.
  • Join the American Red Cross Blood Donors on Facebook.
Recruit Blood Donors and get others involved!

Involve School Leadership

  • Ask your principal to help get the word out about the blood drive.
  • Engage school organizations, such as sports teams, student councils or other campus communities, to form recruitment teams of their own.

Involve Local Businesses

  • Find a local sponsor for your blood drive to provide refreshments, entertainment, publicity or recruitment incentives.*
 *Work with your Red Cross representative to learn more about which types of incentives are appropriate.


Tell Your Story

  • Visit the Blood Donor Community and share your experience or perspectives about blood donation and the American Red Cross.