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Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood, but right now blood supplies are at dangerously low levels, and the Red Cross has declared its first national blood crisis.

Blood transfusions are needed for things like surgeries, transplants and cancer treatment, and just one donation can save more than one life.

So between now and the end of March, we challenge everyone—congregation and podgregation—to collectively donate 500 pints of blood. Fill out the form at the bottom of this page and log your donation either after you’ve made an appointment or after donating so we can keep track!

You can give through the American Red Cross anywhere in the United States. There are also local organizations in Minnesota like Memorial Blood Centers. If you live outside the U.S. check with health officials in your area for donation sites.

If you’ve never given blood before, don’t worry! You can find everything you need to know for a first time donation here. It’s simple and straightforward, and you’ll be in and out of your appointment in less than an hour. The first step is to check your eligibility here, and then just make an appointment.

You know how Greg talks about “bleeding for the Kingdom?” This is our chance to do just that!

Donation log is closed. We logged 174 donations! Thank you!

26 thoughts on “Blood Drive

  1. Patty says:

    Having an opportunity to donate blood this past fall – I did so. I’d forgotten how the process takes less than a half hour and is of course – painless!

  2. Dawn says:

    I love this campaign! I donate regularly in Cincinnati and I’m not eligible again until early March, or I’d log mine to add to the total.

    1. Emily says:

      Hi Dawn,
      We’re counting appointments that are booked this month toward the drive, even if you can’t get in during February. So, go ahead and log your appointment, it still counts! —Emily from the Communications Team

      1. Dawn says:

        Thanks. I’m now booked for March 9th and I logged it in Woodland Hills drive.

  3. Dianne says:

    have to wait my turn…Feb. 28th.

    1. Emily says:

      Hi Dianne,
      You can still log your appointment on the website. We are counting any appointment bookings this month toward the total count!
      —Emily from the Communications Team

  4. Rachel says:

    Thank you for the reminder to donate. I had to move my donation to March, but was happy to log that the appointment is on the calendar.

    1. Emily says:

      That’s great! Glad to hear it.
      —Emily from the Communications Team

  5. Greg says:

    I donated this week, and it was easy, quick and painless and the workers were all very nice and deeply appreciative. Such a small sacrifice, yet, my pint of blood will help someone in need and could potentially even help save a life. I strongly encourage everyone who is able to make this small but very meaningful sacrifice.

  6. Michelle Hanggi says:

    Could Woodland Hills organize a blood drive at the church? I’ve been trying to get appointments for a long time, but there are so few available and they all seem to fall during my work day :/

    1. Michelle Hanggi says:

      Nevermind, I found one! There are a lot more on the Memorial Blood Center site than the Red Cross.

      1. Emily says:

        Great! We had looked into doing a blood drive at Woodland itself, but it just wasn’t feasible, so we’re glad you persisted in finding a place. Thank you! —Emily from the Communications Team

  7. Hilary says:

    I’m so ‘pumped’ to say that I donated blood for the first time last week!! Going back this week to donate platelets!!

    1. Emily says:

      Well done! Thank you 🙂 —Emily from the Communications Team

  8. Tom says:

    The last time I donated blood was 30ish years ago. My bad! I gave last week the “Power Red” which is a little more time consuming because they keep the red blood cells and give back platelets, plasma with a saline solution. B negative, baby! They love me!!

    1. Emily says:

      That’s great—way to go Tom!
      —Emily from the Communications Team

  9. Jodi says:

    I donated blood for the first time ever due to this appeal from WH. The Red Cross called me shortly after to thank me and to schedule my next donation (56 days out).
    I made another appt for early April so logged my appt!

  10. Tim says:

    I donated double red so really that’s 2 donations! Good job everybody.

    1. Emily says:

      Well done!
      —Emily from the Communications Team

  11. Ronald says:

    I donated apheresis on Feb 9 and again yesterday March 8. The process takes about two hours and thirty minutes to complete. The product will be used by three different people. I would be eligible to donate again in two weeks.

    1. Emily says:

      That’s terrific, Ronald. Thank you!
      —Emily from the Communications Team

  12. Dawn says:

    Yesterday I made the donation I logged previously. Fun fact – if the post-donation munchie area seems “over-enthousiastically air-conditioned”, it’s because the cold air helps skin’s blood vessels constrict and aids anyone starting to get flushed or faint headed. Take a sweater and enjoy the Oreos!

    1. Emily says:

      Thanks for giving! And, learn something new everyday! —Emily from the Communications Team

  13. Gabe says:

    How do we mark down a PowerRed (formerly DoubleRed) donation? It’s in essence 2x …so add a second for me, please.

    1. Emily says:

      Hi Gabe, gotta love the PowerRed! Feel free to just fill in the pint donated form twice. Thanks! —Emily from the Communications Team

  14. Ted says:

    A few years back I had a bleeding incident. I really should’ve had a transfusion, but was considered borderline, so I didn’t get it. I wish I had. Took me a long time to recover. I’m sure one of the considerations was a lack of blood resources.
    Maybe someone will get my blood when they need it. 👍

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