Blood Services

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Blood Saves Lives

Blood Saves Lives – and it is always needed because every 2 seconds someone in America needs blood.

Resources
Blood Donation Eligibility Guidelines
All About Blood
Upcoming Blood Drives

Every two seconds someone in America needs blood.

The Red Cross serves as the bridge between over 4 million generous blood donors and millions of patients in need each year.

The American Red Cross serves over 3,000 hospitals around the United States. We deliver a wide range of high quality blood products and blood donor and patient testing services. We bring expertise in transfusion medicine and dedication to meeting our customers’ needs.

A common reason cited by people who don’t give blood is that they are afraid of needles. Some patients have that same fear but still need the gift of life through your blood donation.

Blood Donation Process

1. Registration – You will read information about donation blood and be asked to complete a form with demographic and basic health information. You will need to show a valid photo ID card.

2. Health History – A trained staff person will ask you some health history questions during a private and confidential interview. You will have your temperature, iron level, blood pressure, and pulse checked in order to protect your health and well-being.

3. Donation – Staff will cleanse an area on your arm and insert a needle for the blood drawing procedure. You will have 7 – 10 minutes to relax while the bag is filling. When approximately a pint of blood has been collected, the staff person will remove the needle and place a bandage on your arm.

4. Refreshments – You will spend a few minutes enjoying refreshments to allow your body time to adjust to the slight decrease in fluid volume. You can then leave the donation site and continue with your normal daily activities.

Enjoy the feeling of accomplishment knowing that you’ve done something good.

Sponsoring a Blood Drive

Convenience, for many people, turns out to be the deciding factor whether they give blood or not. The American Red Cross works closely with companies, community groups, military bases, churches and synagogues, colleges, universities and high schools to organize blood drives at places most convenient for donors — the places where they live, work, worship, and play. In fact, 80% of blood donations made through the Red Cross are made at blood drives rather than fixed donor centers.

Blood drives need sponsors — an organization that can provide the appropriate physical space and a coordinator from the organization to educate, motivate, and recruit donors and work with the local Red Cross.

Why do organizations sponsor drives? Because it is both a simple and a powerful way to serve your community and allow employees/colleagues or members to get involved. Whether your organization is large or small, you can make a difference! If you or your organization is interested in becoming a blood drive sponsor, please contact the chapter nearest you.

The Sponsor:
  • Offers a suitable location
  • Helps recruit donors within the organization and publicizes the drive
  • Schedules donors for their appointments
The Red Cross does the rest:

  • Works with you every step of the way to plan and organize the blood drive
  • Helps you determine how many donors to expect and how to recruit them
  • Brings equipment and supplies to you, sets everything up and takes it down at the end
  • Confidentially screens donors and collects the donations, safely and professionally
  • Schedules or helps you schedule volunteers to greet donors and serve refreshments
Red Cross Blood Services (also known as Alabama-Central Gulf Coast Blood Services Region) is based in Mobile, AL and serves the following South Mississippi counties: Jackson, George, Harrison, Hancock, Greene and Stone. Additional county-coverage may be available by request. To inquire or for more information: contact Rhonda Dodge at (228)239-0700.