Red Cross encourages blood donations

The American Red Cross urges people of all races and ethnicities to give blood to help ensure a diverse blood supply for patients in need.

Some blood types are unique to certain racial and ethnic groups. For patients with rare blood types, blood from someone with a similar racial or ethnic background is important to decrease the chance of complications.

Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, by visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767).