Why Host a Drive with the American Red Cross?

In your community, you may have a choice of who to partner with for a blood drive. Here are a few reasons why you should partner with the American Red Cross:


The nation’s leader in providing a safe and stable blood supply.

The Red Cross provides approximately 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply, more than any other blood bank. As a national provider, the Red Cross has a unique responsibility to help ensure hospital patients throughout the U.S. have blood when they need it. The Red Cross:

  • Has a leading hemovigilance, or blood safety program, gathering and analyzing data from millions of donations and any patient reactions to help enhance the safety of blood donations for both donors and patients.
  • Has the largest inventory of rare blood types thanks to its access to millions of donations – this helps ensure that special blood types are available for patients that need them.
  • Is a committed partner of the American Rare Donor Program.
  • Participates in research and clinical trials with companies that develop new infectious disease tests and supplies to improve the quality of the blood supply.

A trusted brand, serving America for more than 125 years.

Since its founding in 1881 by visionary leader Clara Barton, the Red Cross has been the nation's premier emergency response organization. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it relies on donations of time, money and blood to do its work. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs.

In your community every day.

  • Blood Services: We collect more than 6 million donations annually in communities across the U.S.
  • 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 lifesaving 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 forces.

A leader in transfusion medicine.

For more than 50 years, the Red Cross has been an innovator and a leader in transfusion medicine and research. Started as a relief effort to provide lifesaving plasma and blood during World War II, the Red Cross Blood Services program was the first civilian blood program established in the U.S., which today collects and distributes approximately 40 percent nation's blood supply and many therapeutic blood products and services.