Give Blood - It is the Gift of Life!
The American Red Cross is the largest national blood supplier, responsible for providing almost 50% of our nation's blood. Every two seconds someone needs blood, yet nationally, only 5% of those eligible to give donate blood. In Alabama, only 3% of eligible blood donors give.
Each year the American Red Cross must import approximately 14,000 units of blood in to Alabama from other donor regions because we don't collect enough blood in Alabama to meet our hospital's demand.
Please help us end this cycle and collect a sufficient blood supply. If you are at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in good health, you can give blood every 56 days.
The Lee County Alabama Chapter hosts a monthly blood drive the first Wednesday of each month from 12-6 p.m. at our office located at 206 26th St. in Opelika. No appointment is needed, just come on in. The blood you give here is distributed to hospitals the Red Cross serves in our Alabama & Gulf Coast Region which covers the State of Alabama, the Mississippi Gulf Coast and the Florida Panhandle.
We also need hosts for group drives. If your business, church, school or civic group would like to host a blood drive, please call Ivy Pittman, our Blood Drive Coordinator, at 1-800-766-8680 . You can also email Ivy at PittmanIL@usa.redcross.org.
Thank you for helping us and for taking the time to save a life.
Click here to check our calendar of events for area blood drives and more!
Thinking of Hosting a Blood Drive?
Here's What's Involved:
The first step, of course, is to contact your local American Red Cross Blood Services region by calling 1-800-GIVELIFE
(1-800-448-3543). When you call, you will be put in touch with a blood drive representative, who will contact you to discuss your blood drive opportunity. For drives set up in Lee County Alabama, you can call our donor recruiter direct. Her name is Ivy Pittman and she can be reached at 800-766-8680 or by emailing her at PittmanIL@usa.redcross.org.
Your Red Cross representative will want to learn more about your group or organization, its size, and where, when and how often you are together, and how you communicate with each other. You may be asked to answer some additional questions to ensure your group meets certain minimum requirements.
Then you'll begin planning your actual blood drive. Together with your representative, you'll establish a mutual goal for your drive, based on the size of your group, and how many people you think will participate. You'll secure a date and time for the drive, and you'll select an appropriate site.
Successful blood drives are a true partnership between the host or sponsoring organization, the donors, and the American Red Cross.
We now offer a new recruitment tool for blood drive sponsors to encourage potential donors to give blood – four American Red Cross web movies. Links to the web movies can be sent via email to potential donors in the organization. Viewing the movies requires the latest version of Macromedia Flash Player 6, which is free to download if prompted. Note: The movies are designed to view using a high-speed connection.