The American Red Cross invites eligible donors to give blood in November to honor those who have served the country in the U.S. armed forces.
The Red Cross serves more than 3,000 hospitals nationwide, including many Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers. Currently, all blood types are needed, especially O negative, B negative and A negative. Type O negative, the universal blood type, can potentially be transfused to patients with any blood type, especially in emergency situations.
way to honor military personnel is by making a contribution to support Service
to the Armed Forces, a Red Cross program that offers resources for deployed
service members and their families, provides emergency communications, and
supports hospital outreach and veterans programs.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
To donate call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.
A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.
High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.