At age 16, Rachel Garka donated blood for the first time. On Friday, we had the honor of working with her family to collect blood to help ensure that local hospitals have the resources they need to treat patients.
We want to thank the Garka family for their commitment to this cause. We are inspired by Rachel’s passion for service and we truly appreciate the opportunity share her story.
To schedule an appointment to donate blood, visit redcrossblood.org
Join the Missing Types Movement: Donate Blood
The letters you see missing here may not seem like a big deal. But the letters A, B and O make up our main blood groups. And for a patient in the hospital needing blood, it’s everything.
Only 3 out of 100 people in the U.S. donate blood, yet every two seconds someone needs it. Fewer people are donating blood to help patients. You can change that by joining the Missing Types movement and fill in the missing blood types.
By donating blood you’ll help kids battling cancer, accident victims, and patients fighting life-threatening conditions. You’ll also partner alongside celebrities, iconic brands, donors, volunteers, and families raising awareness about why blood donations are crucial. No matter your blood type, we need you. Together, we can fill the missing types.
Visit redcrossblood.org to learn more
At the American Red Cross, helping to keep you safe around the water is a top priority. That is why we were honored to join partners and NBC 12 for a “Digital Dialogue” on aquatics safety. Check out the full segment here: https://www.nbc12.com/2019/05/29/digital-dialogue-swim-safety/
On Saturday, May 11, the American Red Cross will partner with Midas of Richmond at their Short Pump, Hull Street and Colonial Heights locations for a very special blood drive. All those who donate blood during the drives will receive a coupon for a FREE standard oil change courtesy of Mark Smith and the team at Midas of Richmond.
For more information, visit redcrossblood.org and enter the code “Midas.”