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U.S. Blood Supplies Getting Low

Blood supplies are dwindling in blood banks around the country. Summer storms and extreme weather have taken their tolls, as has the deployment of American troops overseas, leaving several regions of the country with less than a one-day supply of blood. Many other areas are experiencing critical shortages of O-negative, the only universal blood type that everyone can use.

The American Red Cross estimates that a single blood donation can help save up to three lives, and that every two seconds, someone in America needs blood. Use the resources below to learn what you can do to help relieve this current crisis.



Make A Donation
Make a donation to charities that supply blood to those in need.

American Red Cross
Primary supplier of lifesaving blood in U.S.
Donate

American Association of Blood Banks
Enhance the blood banking industry through education and communication.
Donate

America's Blood Centers Foundation
International network of community blood banks
Donate


Be A Volunteer
Take steps in your community to increase blood supplies.

Make an appointment to donate blood today

Givelife.org

Visit www.givelife.org

Call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE
(1-800-448-3543).

United Blood Services

Find a blood center near you
Volunteer

Set up a blood drive
Volunteer

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Learn more about donating blood - and the benefits of being a donor

Are you eligible to donate blood?
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How blood saves lives
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What are blood types?
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Frequently asked questions about blood safety
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Find out what happens to your blood donation
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Read stories on the benefits of blood donation
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