Blood donors needed to keep supply strong amid COVID-19 outbreak

(May 13, 2020) — In times of need, people come together to support one another. The American Red Cross is asking for healthy individuals to step up to help patients experiencing health crises by donating blood or platelets


As COVID-19 continues to affect everyday life, people may not be thinking about blood donation. But blood and platelets are needed daily to help patients battling disease and facing the unexpected. Donating blood is an easy way to care for each other and ensure hospitals have the blood products patients rely on.


As a thank-you for helping ensure a stable blood supply, all who come to give blood or platelets May 15-31 will receive a special Red Cross “We’re all in this together” T-shirt, by mail, while supplies last. Donors must have a valid email address on file to claim their T-shirt.


How to help

Healthy individuals who are feeling well are asked to make an appointment to donate this May by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.  


Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff – have been implemented to safeguard donors, volunteers and employees.  


The Red Cross is also looking for blood drive hosts to help ensure a stable blood supply. Learn more and sign up to sponsor a drive by visiting


Upcoming blood donation opportunities May 15-31:


Boone County



5/27/2020: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Boone County Sheriff’s Office, 1905 Indianapolis Avenue



Delaware County



5/28/2020: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Glad Tidings Church, 3001 S Burlington Drive



Hamilton County



5/27/2020: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Harvest Church, 14550 River Road

5/30/2020: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Venture Christian Church, 14501 Hazel Dell Pkwy



5/28/2020: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Hamilton Hills Church, 10293 East 126th

5/29/2020: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Billericay Park Multi-Purpose Community Building, 12690 Promise Road



Hendricks County



5/15/2020: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Connection Pointe Christian Church, 1800 North Green Street



5/22/2020: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Vertical Church, 620 Carr Road



Madison County



5/31/2020: 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Wesley Free Methodist Church, 3017 W. 8th Street



5/29/2020: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Elwood Community Blood Drive, Quincy Lodge #230, 1136 N. Anderson Street



Marion County



5/18/2020: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., American Red Cross Office IU Medical School Blood Drive, 1510 North Meridian

5/28/2020: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Emmanuel Church – Banta Campus, 6602 S Harding Street



Putnam County



5/26/2020: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Heritage Lake Clubhouse, 1000 Clubhouse Road



Bartholomew County



5/21/2020: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., The Commons, 300 Washington Street



Brown County



5/29/2020: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Brown County YMCA, 105 Willow Street



Greene County



5/16/2020: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Solsberry Christian Church, Rural Route 2, Box 14



Johnson County



5/18/2020: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m., Edinburgh Apostolic Tabernacle, 701 South Main Street



5/21/2020: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Emmanuel Church – Franklin Campus, 550 Homestead Blvd



Lawrence County



5/28/2020: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Mitchell Church of Christ, 1004 Main Street



Monroe County



5/16/2020: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.

5/20/2020: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.

5/23/2020: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.

5/27/2020: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.

5/30/2020: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.



Morgan County



5/17/2020: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Grace Church, 4172 Allison Road



Vigo County


Terre Haute

5/22/2020: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Vigo County YMCA, 951 Dresser Drive


How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device 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 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.


Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at or use the Blood Donor App.


About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% 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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