FAIRFAX, VA (June 28, 2021) — The American Red Cross continues to experience a severe  blood shortage that is negatively affecting blood product availability across the country. Donors  of all blood types – especially type O and those giving platelets – are urged to make an  appointment to give now and help ensure hospital shelves are stocked with blood  products over the Fourth of July holiday and beyond.  

Right now, the Red Cross is working around the clock to provide blood products to hospitals  responding to an unusually high number of traumas and emergency room visits, as well as  overdoses and resulting transplants. As a result of the blood shortage, some hospitals are being  forced to slow the pace of elective surgeries until the blood supply stabilizes, delaying crucial  patient care.  

In addition, while summer is traditionally a time when blood donations decline, this year is  particularly challenging as many Americans receive their vaccinations and resume summer  activities after more than a year of limited interactions and travel, leading to lower donor turnout.  The need for blood doesn’t take a holiday break − patients still depend on lifesaving  transfusions. 

Donors are needed now to prevent further delays to patient care. Schedule an  appointment to give blood now by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting  RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood  Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. 

As a thank-you, all those who come to give July 1-6 will receive a Red Cross embroidered hat,  while supplies last. And, donors who come to give July 7-31 will receive a $10 Amazon.com Gift  Card by email, plus a chance to win gas for a year (a $5,000 value). (Terms and conditions  apply; visit rcblood.org/fuel).  

In most cases, those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine can donate. However, knowing  the name of the manufacturer of the vaccine they received is important in determining donation  eligibility. 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities June 28-July 15 

District of Columbia 

Washington 

6/28/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., American Red Cross – Hall of Service, 1730 E Street NW 6/28/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 8 p.m., Dr. Charles Drew Blood Donation Center, 1730 E Street NW

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6/29/2021: 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., American Red Cross – Hall of Service, 1730 E Street NW 6/29/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 8 p.m., Dr. Charles Drew Blood Donation Center, 1730 E Street NW 6/30/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., American Red Cross – Hall of Service, 1730 E Street NW 6/30/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 8 p.m., Dr. Charles Drew Blood Donation Center, 1730 E Street NW 7/1/2021: 10:45 a.m. – 6 p.m., Dr. Charles Drew Blood Donation Center, 1730 E Street NW 7/2/2021: 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Dr. Charles Drew Blood Donation Center, 1730 E Street NW 7/3/2021: 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Dr. Charles Drew Blood Donation Center, 1730 E Street NW 7/4/2021: 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Dr. Charles Drew Blood Donation Center, 1730 E Street NW 7/5/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 8 p.m., Dr. Charles Drew Blood Donation Center, 1730 E Street NW 7/6/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 8 p.m., Dr. Charles Drew Blood Donation Center, 1730 E Street NW 7/7/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., American Red Cross – Hall of Service, 1730 E Street NW 7/7/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 8 p.m., Dr. Charles Drew Blood Donation Center, 1730 E Street NW 7/8/2021: 10:45 a.m. – 6 p.m., Dr. Charles Drew Blood Donation Center, 1730 E Street NW 7/9/2021: 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Dr. Charles Drew Blood Donation Center, 1730 E Street NW 7/9/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., American Red Cross – Hall of Service, 1730 E Street NW 7/10/2021: 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Dr. Charles Drew Blood Donation Center, 1730 E Street NW 7/11/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Dr. Charles Drew Blood Donation Center, 1730 E Street NW 7/12/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 8 p.m., Dr. Charles Drew Blood Donation Center, 1730 E Street NW 7/13/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., American Red Cross – Hall of Service, 1730 E Street NW 7/13/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 8 p.m., Dr. Charles Drew Blood Donation Center, 1730 E Street NW 7/14/2021: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Walker Memorial Baptist Church, 2020 13th St NW 7/14/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 8 p.m., Dr. Charles Drew Blood Donation Center, 1730 E Street NW 7/15/2021: 10:45 a.m. – 6 p.m., Dr. Charles Drew Blood Donation Center, 1730 E Street NW 7/15/2021: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., American Red Cross – Hall of Service, 1730 E Street NW 

MD 

Anne Arundel 

Annapolis 

7/3/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Pip Moyer Recreation Center, 273 Hilltop Lane 7/6/2021: 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Annapolis Moose Lodge 296, 1890 Crownsville Rd 

Gambrills 

7/3/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Village Commons Community Center, 1326 Main Chapel Way 7/7/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Village Commons Community Center COVID-19, 1326 Main Chapel  Way, 

7/14/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Mid Atlantic Community Church, 2485 Davidsonville Road 

Glen Burnie 

6/28/2021: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m., University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 301  Hospital Drive 

6/28/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 8 p.m., Glen Burnie Blood Donation Center, 7310 Ritchie Highway,  Suite 114 

6/29/2021: 10:45 a.m. – 5:45 p.m., Glen Burnie Blood Donation Center, 7310 Ritchie Highway,  Suite 114 

6/30/2021: 11:15 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Glen Burnie Blood Donation Center, 7310 Ritchie Highway,  Suite 114 

7/1/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Glen Burnie Blood Donation Center, 7310 Ritchie Highway,  Suite 114

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7/2/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Glen Burnie Blood Donation Center, 7310 Ritchie Highway,  Suite 114 

7/3/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Glen Burnie Blood Donation Center, 7310 Ritchie Highway, Suite  114 

7/4/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Glen Burnie Blood Donation Center, 7310 Ritchie Highway,  Suite 114 

7/5/2021: 1:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Glen Burnie Blood Donation Center, 7310 Ritchie Highway,  Suite 114 

7/6/2021: 10:45 a.m. – 5:45 p.m., Glen Burnie Blood Donation Center, 7310 Ritchie Highway,  Suite 114 

7/7/2021: 11:15 a.m. – 6:15 p.m., Glen Burnie Blood Donation Center, 7310 Ritchie Highway,  Suite 114 

7/8/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Glen Burnie Blood Donation Center, 7310 Ritchie Highway,  Suite 114 

7/9/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Glen Burnie Blood Donation Center, 7310 Ritchie Highway,  Suite 114 

7/10/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Glen Burnie Blood Donation Center, 7310 Ritchie Highway, Suite  114 

7/11/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Glen Burnie Blood Donation Center, 7310 Ritchie Highway,  Suite 114 

7/12/2021: 1:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Glen Burnie Blood Donation Center, 7310 Ritchie Highway,  Suite 114 

7/13/2021: 10:45 a.m. – 5:45 p.m., Glen Burnie Blood Donation Center, 7310 Ritchie Highway,  Suite 114 

7/14/2021: 11:15 a.m. – 6:15 p.m., Glen Burnie Blood Donation Center, 7310 Ritchie Highway,  Suite 114 

7/15/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Glen Burnie Blood Donation Center, 7310 Ritchie Highway,  Suite 114 

Pasadena 

6/29/2021: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Our Lady of the Chesapeake, 8325 Ventnor Road 7/2/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 7859 Tick Neck Rd 

Severn 

7/9/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., The Church at Severn Run, 8187 Telegraph Rd 7/15/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saint Bernadette Parish, 800 Stevenson Road 

Severna Park 

6/29/2021: 1:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Elks, Truck House Rd. and Jennings Rd. 

7/6/2021: 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Boulevard Montgomery 

Chevy Chase 

6/30/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Woman’s Club of Chevy Chase, 7931 Connecticut Ave 

Damascus 

7/7/2021: 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Damascus Grace Fellowship SDA Church, 8425 Damascus Road 7/8/2021: 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Damascus Grace Fellowship SDA Church, 8425 Damascus Road 

Germantown

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7/2/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ LDS Germantown, 18900 Kingsview Rd 7/3/2021: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church-Germantown, 13700 Schaeffer Road 

Rockville 

6/28/2021: 1:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Rockville Blood Donation Center, 11820 Parklawn Drive, Suite  510 

6/29/2021: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Shrine of St. Jude Catholic Church, 12701 Viers Mill Road 6/29/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 8 p.m., Rockville Blood Donation Center, 11820 Parklawn Drive, Suite  510 

6/30/2021: 11:45 a.m. – 7 p.m., Rockville Blood Donation Center, 11820 Parklawn Drive, Suite  510 

7/1/2021: 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Rockville Blood Donation Center, 11820 Parklawn Drive, Suite  510 

7/2/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Rockville Blood Donation Center, 11820 Parklawn Drive, Suite 510 7/3/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Rockville Blood Donation Center, 11820 Parklawn Drive, Suite 510 7/4/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Rockville Blood Donation Center, 11820 Parklawn Drive, Suite  510 

7/5/2021: 1:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Rockville Blood Donation Center, 11820 Parklawn Drive, Suite  510 

7/6/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 8 p.m., Rockville Blood Donation Center, 11820 Parklawn Drive, Suite  510 

7/7/2021: 11:45 a.m. – 7 p.m., Rockville Blood Donation Center, 11820 Parklawn Drive, Suite  510 

7/8/2021: 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Rockville Blood Donation Center, 11820 Parklawn Drive, Suite  510 

7/9/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Rockville Blood Donation Center, 11820 Parklawn Drive, Suite 510 7/10/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Rockville Blood Donation Center, 11820 Parklawn Drive, Suite  510 

7/11/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Rockville Blood Donation Center, 11820 Parklawn Drive, Suite  510 

7/12/2021: 1:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Rockville Blood Donation Center, 11820 Parklawn Drive, Suite  510 

7/13/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 8 p.m., Rockville Blood Donation Center, 11820 Parklawn Drive, Suite  510 

7/14/2021: 11:45 a.m. – 7 p.m., Rockville Blood Donation Center, 11820 Parklawn Drive, Suite  510 

7/15/2021: 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Rockville Blood Donation Center, 11820 Parklawn Drive, Suite  510 

Silver Spring 

6/30/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 500 Randolph Road 7/1/2021: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Baitur-Rahman Mosque, 15000 Good Hope Road 7/1/2021: 1:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Montgomery Chapter House, 2020 East West Highway 7/2/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Montgomery County Chapter House, 2020 East West Highway 7/9/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Wheaton Moose Lodge Number 1775, 2901 Bel Pre Road 7/12/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Montgomery Chapter House, 2020 East West Highway 7/13/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., First Alliance Church, 14500 New Hampshire Ave 7/15/2021: 1:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Montgomery Chapter House, 2020 East West Highway _______________ 

Prince Georges

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Bowie 

7/6/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints- – Bowie, 16621 Sylvan  Dr 

7/10/2021: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church Bowie, 2503 Belair Drive 

Clinton 

6/30/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., TownePlace Suites by Marriott Clinton at Joint Base Andrews, 7800  Ferry Ave 

College Park 

7/1/2021: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., The Hall CP, 4656 Hotel Dr 

Greenbelt 

7/12/2021: 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Greenbelt American Legion Post 136, 6900 Greenbelt Road 

Upper Marlboro 

7/9/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Upper Marlboro Community Center, 5400 Marlboro Race Track  Road 

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Saint Marys 

Leonardtown 

6/30/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital Auxillary Bldg #3, 25500 Point Lookout  Rd 

Lexington Park 

7/15/2021: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Lexington Park United Methodist Church, 21760 Great Mills Rd 

Valley Lee 

7/12/2021: 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Valley Lee Volunteer Fire Department, 45245 Drayden Rd VA 

Alexandria City 

Alexandria 

7/1/2021: 2:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., Blessed Sacrament Catholic, 1427 West Braddock Road 7/6/2021: 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Alexandria Chapter House, 123 North Alfred St 7/8/2021: 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Alexandria Chapter House, 123 North Alfred St _______________ 

Arlington 

Arlington 

7/7/2021: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Little Falls Presbyterian Church, 6025 Little Falls Rd 7/14/2021: 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Doubletree – Crystal City, 300 Army Navy Dr _______________ 

Fairfax

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Alexandria 

7/15/2021: 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – Mount Vernon,  2000 George Washington Memorial Pkwy 

Chantilly 

7/6/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Mubarak Mosque, 4555 Ahmadiyya Dr 

Fairfax 

6/28/2021: 1:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Fairfax Blood Donation Center, 8550 Arlington Blvd, Suite 325 6/29/2021: 10:45 a.m. – 5:45 p.m., Fairfax Blood Donation Center, 8550 Arlington Blvd, Suite  325 

6/30/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 8 p.m., Fairfax Blood Donation Center, 8550 Arlington Blvd, Suite 325 7/1/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Fairfax Blood Donation Center, 8550 Arlington Blvd, Suite 325 7/2/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Fairfax Blood Donation Center, 8550 Arlington Blvd, Suite 325 7/3/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Fairfax Blood Donation Center, 8550 Arlington Blvd, Suite 325 7/4/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Fairfax Blood Donation Center, 2720 Prosperity Avenue 7/5/2021: 1:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Fairfax Blood Donation Center, 8550 Arlington Blvd, Suite 325 7/6/2021: 10:45 a.m. – 6 p.m., Fairfax Blood Donation Center, 8550 Arlington Blvd, Suite 325 7/7/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 8 p.m., Fairfax Blood Donation Center, 8550 Arlington Blvd, Suite 325 7/8/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Fairfax Blood Donation Center, 8550 Arlington Blvd, Suite 325 7/9/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Fairfax Blood Donation Center, 8550 Arlington Blvd, Suite 325 7/10/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Fairfax Blood Donation Center, 8550 Arlington Blvd, Suite 325 7/11/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Fairfax Blood Donation Center, 8550 Arlington Blvd, Suite 325 7/12/2021: 1:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Fairfax Blood Donation Center, 8550 Arlington Blvd, Suite 325 7/13/2021: 10:45 a.m. – 6 p.m., Fairfax Blood Donation Center, 8550 Arlington Blvd, Suite 325 7/14/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 8 p.m., Fairfax Blood Donation Center, 8550 Arlington Blvd, Suite 325 7/15/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Fairfax Blood Donation Center, 8550 Arlington Blvd, Suite  325 

Herndon 

6/29/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Floris United Methodist Church, 13600 Frying Pan Rd 7/6/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2727 Centreville Rd. 7/8/2021: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 432 Van Buren St. 

Reston 

6/29/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Leidos, 1750 Presidents Street 

Springfield 

7/7/2021: 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Hilton Springfield, 6550 Loisdale Rd 

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Fairfax City 

Fairfax 

7/9/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Redeeming Grace Church, 5200 Ox Rd, Fairfax, _______________ 

Loudoun 

Ashburn

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7/14/2021: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints- Ashburn, 21015  Claiborne Pkwy 

Dulles 

7/14/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Dulles Town Center, 21100 Dulles Town Circle 

Leesburg 

7/6/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Lucketts Community Center, 42361 Lucketts Road 7/9/2021: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Leesburg Premium Outlets, 241 Fort Evans Rd N 7/13/2021: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Leesburg Premium Outlets, 241 Fort Evans Rd N 

Sterling 

7/3/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Galilee UMC, 45425 Winding Rd 

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Manassas City 

Manassas 

7/8/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Manassas Baptist Church, 8730 Sudley Rd 

7/15/2021: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Manassas Volunteer Rescue, 9322 Center Street _______________ 

Prince William 

Dumfries 

7/13/2021: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., The Fabriek Event Venue, 17650 Possum Point Rd., Suites F &  G 

Woodbridge 

7/1/2021: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center Hylton Education  Center, 2300 Opitz Boulevard, 

About blood donation 

To donate blood, individuals need to bring a blood donor card or driver’s license or two other  forms of identification that 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 must meet certain height and weight requirements. 

Donors can also save up to 15 minutes at the blood drive by completing a RapidPass®. With  RapidPass®, donors complete the pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online,  on the day of donation, from a mobile device or computer. To complete a RapidPass®, follow  the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Red Cross Blood Donor App

Health insights for donors  

At a time when health information has never been more important, the Red Cross  is also screening all blood, platelet and plasma donations from self-identified African American  donors for the sickle cell trait. This additional screening will provide Black donors with an  additional health insight and help the Red Cross identify compatible blood types more quickly to  help patients with sickle cell disease. Blood transfusion is an essential treatment for those with 

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sickle cell disease, and blood donations from individuals of the same race, ethnicity and blood  type have a unique ability to help patients fighting sickle cell disease.  

Donors can expect to receive sickle cell trait screening results, if applicable, within one to two  weeks through the Red Cross Blood Donor App and the online donor portal at  RedCrossBlood.org.  

Blood drive safety 

The Red Cross has updated its pandemic safety protocols in alignment with the Centers for  Disease Control and Prevention and Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Fully  vaccinated individuals, including staff and donors, no longer need to wear masks or socially  distance. Unvaccinated individuals continue to be required to wear masks and socially  distance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive. 

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 redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or  visit us on Twitter at @RedCross