Organize a Blood Drive

Every year thousands of student leaders across the country organize American Red Cross blood drives at their schools.  In fact almost 20% of the millions of donations made every year come from High schools and colleges.  

Partnering with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive is a great way to:

  • Rally your school around a cause that saves millions of lives each year
  • Demonstrate leadership
  • Promote teamwork  
An American Red Cross representative will team up with you to set a goal, provide materials and help set you up to recruit donors and volunteers.  

Key Ingredients for Success

  1. Work with your school leadership:  A successful blood drive needs to have the backing of the school administration.  Work with them to secure the best time and place for your event.   Reach out to existing school organizations like the Student Council, National Honor Society, or Red Cross Club to help recruit donors.
  2. Plan your dates to avoid conflicts:  Plan ahead so you can choose a date that does not conflict with major events like holiday breaks, school-wide exams or school special events.
  3. Set a goal:  Take a look at your school or organization’s size and interest to determine how many students may be eligible to donate blood.  Your Red Cross representative will then help determine the goal of the blood drive.
  4. Pick the right space:   The best locations are typically gymnasiums, auditoriums or an indoor common area.   The space should be:
    • Large enough to provide adequate confidentiality
    • Clean, cool and easily-accessible
    • Have access to ample parking and restrooms
  5. If you don’t have a location at your school appropriate for a blood drive, consider having a Red Cross blood donation bus or teaming up with another school and/or organization to help with a blood drive.  However, Bloodmobiles typically offer fewer beds than an indoor setup, so you may not helmetbe able to set your goal as high.  

    • Put together a recruitment team:  Recruitment is easier in numbers, and a recruitment team is a great way to have a successful drive.   You’ll also need to get the word out – hanging posters, making announcements and asking friends personally.  


10 people recruiting 10 donors each works a lot better than one person recruiting 100!