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Video: Blood Donation Tips from the Pros

Interested in donating for the first time but feeling a little hesitant? Check out this short video featuring encouragement from American Red Cross blood donors. Listen as these pros share advice on how to overcome a fear of needles, as well as tips like drinking plenty of water and taking advantage of technology options to ensure a smooth donation experience.

Last week, the Red Cross issued an emergency call for eligible blood and platelet donors of all blood types to give now and help save lives. Summer blood shortages can be overcome when generous volunteers roll up their sleeves to restock the shelves.

YOU CAN HELP Blood and platelet donations are urgently needed to fully meet the needs of hospital patients in the coming weeks. For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, use the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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