May 25, 2024

Red Cross Blood Donation Opportunities

Blood donation

The American Red Cross is holding blood donation opportunities across Maryland.

More than 3 million generous people donated blood through the Red Cross last year. The Red Cross salutes these volunteer blood donors who helped fulfill its lifesaving mission and invites others to roll up a sleeve and join them.

Kathy Huey became a donor after encouragement from her husband, who has given more than 11 gallons of blood. “I love the fact that I’m helping others by giving a little bit of my time,” she said. “It’s simple and easy and helps save lives – what could be better?”

Volunteer donors are the only source of blood products for those in need of transfusions. Donors of all blood types are needed this spring

Upcoming blood donation opportunities in the area are as follow:

St. Mary’s County

Oct. 20, 2016: 9 am – 2:30 pm, Lexington Park United Methodist Church, 21760 Great Mills Road, Lexington Park

Oct. 21, 2016: 8:30 am – 2 pm, St. Andrew’s Church, St. Andrews Church Road, California

Charles County

Oct. 24, 2016: 1:30 – 7 pm, La Plata United Methodist Church, 3 Port Tobacco Road, La Plata

Oct. 24, 2016: 1 – 6 pm, Waldorf Jaycees, 3090 Crain Highway, Waldorf

Oct. 27, 2016: 1 – 6 pm, Indian Head Moose Lodge 1712, 11 Town St., Indian Head

Oct. 28, 2016: 10 am – 3 pm, Waldorf VFW, 2310 Old Washington Road

How to donate blood 
To learn more about donating blood, donation opportunities in other Maryland counties or to schedule an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or on Twitter at @RedCross.

In order to donate blood, simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit the website, or call to make an appointment. 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 (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 and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

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