Celebrate Diversity by Donating Blood

During Black History Month, the American Red Cross celebrates the significant contributions African-Americans make to helping the Red Cross maintain a diverse and stable blood supply for patients across the United States.  Today’s Red Cross blood program is the result of the efforts of Dr. Charles Drew, an African-American blood specialist, surgeon, educator and scientist. In 1941, Dr. Drew became the first medical director of the first American Red Cross blood bank. His pioneering work in blood collection and transfusion laid the foundationfor modern blood banking.

“The Red Cross strives to maintain a blood supply as diverse as the U.S. population,” said Greg Novinska, CEO of the Badger Hawkeye Blood Services region. “While African-Americans comprise nearly 13 percent of the United States population, they represent less than 1 percent of blood donors.”

Help the Red Cross celebrate the contributions of Dr. Drew and make an appointment to donate blood in his honor. The blood you give today can make a difference in the lives of patients in your community and throughout the nation.


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