Donate Blood, Plasma, & Platelets To Save Lives

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This January, the American Red Cross celebrates National Blood Donor Month and recognizes the life-saving contributions from blood, platelet, and plasma donors.

As we begin the New Year, the Red Cross and CDC are encouraging all individuals (COVID-19 vaccinated and non-vaccinated) to donate blood and plasma if they are well and able to do so, while continuing to practice health and safety protocols.

It is important to note, if you are COVID-19 vaccinated, to bring your vaccination card with you to your appointment, so the date and manufacture can be properly recorded.

The CDC is supporting blood centers by providing recommendations that will keep donors and staff safe. Examples of these recommendations include social-distancing, adhering to environmental cleaning and disinfecting practices, conducting mini wellness physical and encouraging donors to schedule appointments ahead.

However, due to the many safety protocols put in place during COVID-19, and many places being unable to host blood drives, it has been difficult to maintain an adequate blood supply.

Blood donation appointments can be made by downloading the Blood Donor American Red Cross App on your smart phone or device, or by visiting

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for all patients. Find out if you are eligible, how, and where to donate at:

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