The American Red Cross typically has a tough time keeping the blood supply strong during the winter months when inclement weather and seasonal illnesses can impact donors. This year the pandemic adds in another challenge in keeping the blood supply strong. The Red Cross is urging healthy individuals to make an appointment to give blood or platelets this month.

Every day there are thousands of patients who rely on lifesaving blood donations – people like Leslie Johnson. In 2005, a farming accident left Johnson with broken bones and massive bleeding. In the first 24 hours after the accident, she received 10 units of blood and platelets. Additional transfusions and surgeries followed.

Johnson’s high school-age daughter, Emily, hosted a blood drive last semester because she recognizes the role of blood in helping save her mom’s life. “If blood had not been available when she needed it, she might not be here today. I might not have had my mom growing up. It’s my honor to be able to promote blood donation and help pay it forward to others in need.”

As Leslie Johnson faces additional surgeries to address ongoing injuries from the accident, she may need more blood transfusions. 

“It’s so important, especially as we navigate this pandemic, to make sure there is blood available,” said Emily. “Blood is such a meaningful gift to give.”

One heartwarming gesture deserves another

As a thank-you for helping ensure a stable blood supply, those who come to give this February will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email, courtesy of Amazon. (Restrictions apply. Additional information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Together.)

Make your appointment to give blood, platelets or plasma with the Red Cross by downloading 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.

Important COVID-19 information for donors

The Red Cross is testing blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies. The test may indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to this coronavirus, regardless of whether an individual developed COVID-19 symptoms. Red Cross antibody tests will be helpful to identify individuals who have COVID-19 antibodies and may now help current coronavirus patients in need of convalescent plasma transfusions. Convalescent plasma is a type of blood donation collected from COVID-19 survivors that have antibodies that may help patients who are actively fighting the virus. Plasma from whole blood donations that test positive for COVID-19 antibodies may be used to help COVID-19 patients. 

COVID-19 antibody test results will be available within one to two weeks in the Red Cross Blood Donor App or donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org. A positive antibody test result does not confirm infection or immunity. The Red Cross is not testing donors to diagnose illness, referred to as a diagnostic test. To protect the health and safety of Red Cross staff and donors, it is important that individuals who do not feel well or believe they may be ill with COVID-19 postpone donation.

Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including temperature checks, social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. 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.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Feb. 1-15

Maryland

Anne Arundel

Annapolis

2/5/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Pip Moyer Recreation Center, 273 Hilltop Lane

2/13/2021: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., In Memory of Wendi Winters, 173 Jennifer Road, Crowne Plaza Hotel

Crofton

2/3/2021: 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 1800 Seton Drive

Edgewater

2/5/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Annapolis Evangelical Lutheran Church, 38 W Central Ave

Gambrills

2/3/2021: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Village Commons Community Center COVID-19, 1326 Main Chapel Way,

Glen Burnie

2/2/2021: 10:45 a.m. – 5:45 p.m., Glen Burnie Blood Donation Center, 7310 Ritchie Highway, Suite 114

2/3/2021: 11:15 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Glen Burnie Blood Donation Center, 7310 Ritchie Highway, Suite 114

2/4/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Glen Burnie Blood Donation Center, 7310 Ritchie Highway, Suite 114

2/5/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Glen Burnie Blood Donation Center, 7310 Ritchie Highway, Suite 114

2/6/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Glen Burnie Blood Donation Center, 7310 Ritchie Highway, Suite 114

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

2/9/2021: 10:45 a.m. – 5:45 p.m., Glen Burnie Blood Donation Center, 7310 Ritchie Highway, Suite 114

2/10/2021: 11:15 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Glen Burnie Blood Donation Center, 7310 Ritchie Highway, Suite 114

2/11/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Glen Burnie Blood Donation Center, 7310 Ritchie Highway, Suite 114

2/12/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Glen Burnie Blood Donation Center, 7310 Ritchie Highway, Suite 114

2/13/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Glen Burnie Blood Donation Center, 7310 Ritchie Highway, Suite 114

2/14/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Glen Burnie Blood Donation Center, 7310 Ritchie Highway, Suite 114

Pasadena

2/9/2021: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Our Lady of the Chesapeake, 8325 Ventnor Road

Severn

2/12/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., The Church at Severn Run, 8187 Telegraph Rd

Severna Park

2/4/2021: 1:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Elks Severna Park, 160 Truck House Rd.

2/5/2021: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Severna Park Community Center, 623 Baltimore and Annapolis Blvd.

Baltimore

Baltimore

2/1/2021: 12:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m., White Marsh Blood Donation Center, 8114 Sandpiper Circle, Suite 118

2/2/2021: 12:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m., White Marsh Blood Donation Center, 8114 Sandpiper Circle, Suite 118

2/3/2021: 12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., White Marsh Blood Donation Center, 8114 Sandpiper Circle, Suite 118

2/4/2021: 11:15 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., White Marsh Blood Donation Center, 8114 Sandpiper Circle, Suite 118

2/5/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., White Marsh Blood Donation Center, 8114 Sandpiper Circle, Suite 118

2/6/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., White Marsh Blood Donation Center, 8114 Sandpiper Circle, Suite 118

2/7/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., White Marsh Blood Donation Center, 8114 Sandpiper Circle, Suite 118

2/8/2021: 12:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m., White Marsh Blood Donation Center, 8114 Sandpiper Circle, Suite 118

2/9/2021: 12:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m., White Marsh Blood Donation Center, 8114 Sandpiper Circle, Suite 118

2/10/2021: 12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., White Marsh Blood Donation Center, 8114 Sandpiper Circle, Suite 118

2/11/2021: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church, 9215 Old Harford Road

2/11/2021: 11:15 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., White Marsh Blood Donation Center, 8114 Sandpiper Circle, Suite 118

2/11/2021: 2 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Hawks Pleasure Club of Essex, 430 Riverside Drive

2/12/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., White Marsh Blood Donation Center, 8114 Sandpiper Circle, Suite 118

2/13/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., White Marsh Blood Donation Center, 8114 Sandpiper Circle, Suite 118

2/14/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., White Marsh Blood Donation Center, 8114 Sandpiper Circle, Suite 118

2/15/2021: 12:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m., White Marsh Blood Donation Center, 8114 Sandpiper Circle, Suite 118

Cockeysville

2/6/2021: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane, Joe’s Cafe

Halethorpe

2/6/2021: 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Arbutus Social Club, 1338 Stevens Avenue

Lutherville

2/1/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 8 p.m., Timonium Blood Donation Center, 2405 York Road, Suite 300

2/2/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road

2/2/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 8 p.m., Timonium Blood Donation Center, 2405 York Road, Suite 300

2/3/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 8 p.m., Timonium Blood Donation Center, 2405 York Road, Suite 300

2/4/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Timonium Blood Donation Center, 2405 York Road, Suite 300

2/5/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Timonium Blood Donation Center, 2405 York Road, Suite 300

2/6/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Timonium Blood Donation Center, 2405 York Road, Suite 300

2/7/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Timonium Blood Donation Center, 2405 York Road, Suite 300

2/8/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 8 p.m., Timonium Blood Donation Center, 2405 York Road, Suite 300

2/9/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 8 p.m., Timonium Blood Donation Center, 2405 York Road, Suite 300

2/10/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 8 p.m., Timonium Blood Donation Center, 2405 York Road, Suite 300

2/11/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Timonium Blood Donation Center, 2405 York Road, Suite 300

2/12/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Timonium Blood Donation Center, 2405 York Road, Suite 300

2/13/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Timonium Blood Donation Center, 2405 York Road, Suite 300

2/14/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Timonium Blood Donation Center, 2405 York Road, Suite 300

2/15/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 8 p.m., Timonium Blood Donation Center, 2405 York Road, Suite 300

Parkville

2/4/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Parkville Recreational Center- Baltimore County Recreation and Parks, 8601 Harford Rd,

Timonium

2/12/2021: 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1400 Dulaney Valley Road

Baltimore City

Baltimore

2/1/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., Baltimore Mt Hope Blood Donation Center, 4700 Mt Hope Drive

2/2/2021: 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., American Red Cross, 4700 Mt. Hope Drive

2/2/2021: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Hyatt Regency-Baltimore, 300 Light Street

2/3/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., Baltimore Mt Hope Blood Donation Center, 4700 Mt Hope Drive

2/4/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Baltimore Mt Hope Blood Donation Center, 4700 Mt Hope Drive

2/5/2021: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., American Red Cross, 4700 Mt. Hope Drive

2/6/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Baltimore Mt Hope Blood Donation Center, 4700 Mt Hope Drive

2/7/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Baltimore Mt Hope Blood Donation Center, 4700 Mt Hope Drive

2/8/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Bloomberg School of Public Health, 615 North Wolfe Street, Bloomberg School of Public Health

2/8/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., Baltimore Mt Hope Blood Donation Center, 4700 Mt Hope Drive

2/9/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., SMC Campus Center University of Maryland Medical Systems, 621 West Lombard Street, 3rd floor

2/10/2021: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., VFW Post 3065, 1202 Union Avenue

2/10/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., Baltimore Mt Hope Blood Donation Center, 4700 Mt Hope Drive

2/11/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Baltimore Mt Hope Blood Donation Center, 4700 Mt Hope Drive

2/12/2021: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., American Red Cross, 4700 Mt. Hope Drive

2/13/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Baltimore Mt Hope Blood Donation Center, 4700 Mt Hope Drive

2/15/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., Baltimore Mt Hope Blood Donation Center, 4700 Mt Hope Drive

Calvert

Chesapeake Beach

2/9/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., American Legion Stallings-Williams Post 206, 3330 Chesapeake Beach Rd

Huntingtown

2/5/2021: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., St. Nicholas Luthern Church, 1450 Plum Point Rd

2/13/2021: 7:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., St. Nicholas Lutheran Church, 1450 Plum Point Rd

Carroll

Hampstead

2/9/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Legion Post 200 Hampstead, 4600 Legion Lane

Manchester

2/3/2021: 1:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3184 Church Street, PO Box 739

2/15/2021: 2 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Grace Bible Church of North Carroll, 3250 Charmil Drive

Sykesville

2/1/2021: 2 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Freedom Optimist Community Center, 6315 Sykesville Road

Westminster

2/1/2021: 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., American Legion #31, 2 Sycamore Street

2/8/2021: 1:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Reese & Community Volunteer Fire Company, 1745 Baltimore Boulevard

2/10/2021: 1:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Best Western Westminster Catering and Conference Center, 451 WMC Drive

Charles

La Plata

2/11/2021: 12:30 p.m. – 5 p.m., New Life Wesleyan Church, 9690 Shepherds Creek Place

Frederick

2/1/2021: 11:15 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Frederick Blood Donation Center, 141 Thomas Johnson Drive, Suite 120

2/2/2021: 11:15 a.m. – 6:15 p.m., Frederick Blood Donation Center, 141 Thomas Johnson Drive, Suite 120

2/3/2021: 11:15 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Frederick Blood Donation Center, 141 Thomas Johnson Drive, Suite 120

2/4/2021: 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., American Red Cross, 141 Thomas Johnson Drive

2/5/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Frederick Blood Donation Center, 141 Thomas Johnson Drive, Suite 120

2/6/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Frederick Blood Donation Center, 141 Thomas Johnson Drive, Suite 120

2/7/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Frederick Blood Donation Center, 141 Thomas Johnson Drive, Suite 120

2/8/2021: 11:15 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Frederick Blood Donation Center, 141 Thomas Johnson Drive, Suite 120

2/9/2021: 11:15 a.m. – 6:15 p.m., Frederick Blood Donation Center, 141 Thomas Johnson Drive, Suite 120

2/10/2021: 11:15 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Frederick Blood Donation Center, 141 Thomas Johnson Drive, Suite 120

2/12/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Frederick Blood Donation Center, 141 Thomas Johnson Drive, Suite 120

2/13/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Frederick Blood Donation Center, 141 Thomas Johnson Drive, Suite 120

2/14/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Frederick Blood Donation Center, 141 Thomas Johnson Drive, Suite 120

2/15/2021: 11:15 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Frederick Blood Donation Center, 141 Thomas Johnson Drive, Suite 120

Thurmont

2/11/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Thurmont United Methodist Church, 13880 Long Road

Walkersville

2/12/2021: 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 19 W Pennsylvania Ave

Harford

Aberdeen

2/6/2021: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., The Epicenter at Aberdeen, 21 Aberdeen Shopping Plaza

Abingdon

2/15/2021: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., New Covenant Presbyterian Church, 128 St. Marys Church RD

Bel Air

2/4/2021: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Oak Grove Baptist Church, 2106 Churchville RD

2/11/2021: 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1515 Emmorton RD

2/12/2021: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., American Legion Post 39, 500 Hickory Ave

Edgewood

2/10/2021: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Legion Post 17, 415 Edgewood RD, American Legion Post 17

Fallston

2/9/2021: 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Fallston Volunteer Fire Department, 2201 Carrs Mill RD

Forest Hill

2/4/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Bel Air Moose Lodge, 310 East Jarrettsville RD

Havre de Grace

2/4/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Havre de Grace Community Center, 100 Lagaret Lane

Pylesville

2/6/2021: 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Norrisville VFC, 2134 Harkins RD

Howard

Columbia

2/1/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 8 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 10400 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 400

2/2/2021: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Kahler Hall, 5440 Old Tucker Row

2/2/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 8 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 10400 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 400

2/3/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 8 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 10400 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 400

2/4/2021: 10:45 a.m. – 6 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 10400 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 400

2/5/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 10400 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 400

2/6/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 10400 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 400

2/7/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 10400 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 400

2/8/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 8 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 10400 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 400

2/9/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 8 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 10400 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 400

2/10/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 8 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 10400 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 400

2/11/2021: 10:45 a.m. – 6 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 10400 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 400

2/12/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 10400 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 400

2/13/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 10400 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 400

2/14/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 10400 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 400

2/15/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 8 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 10400 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 400

Jessup

2/9/2021: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Ridgely’s Run Community Center – LSL Kristina McKirahan, 8400 Mission Rd

Lisbon

2/10/2021: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Liberty Baptist Church, 1200 Madison Street

West Friendship

2/2/2021: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Howard County Fairgrounds, 2210 Fairgrounds Road

2/3/2021: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Howard County Fairgrounds, 2210 Fairgrounds Road

About blood donation

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit  RedCrossBlood.org, 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 RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass 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 redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.