Nov. 26 marks the start of the annual American Legion Holiday Donor Blood Drive that lasts through Dec. 31. During this time, American Legion Family members are encouraged to give blood and host blood drives as part of the American Legion Blood Donor Program – an organizational effort that has existed since 1946 to help a lifesaving cause.
As the coronavirus continues to affect communities nationwide, there is an urgent need for blood donations. American Legion posts have been stepping up to host and assist with blood drives, while adhering to safety protocols established to halt the spread of the deadly virus. The Red Cross has enhanced safety precautions to keep donors, volunteers and others safe in this era of social distancing. For example, donors are kept at a distance in waiting areas. Additionally, Red Cross volunteers sanitize chairs, tables, equipment and other items between donors.
If your American Legion post, district or department is interested in convening a blood drive in your community, the Red Cross recommends visiting this link to learn more about how to start the process.
American Legion posts can award blood donors with an American Legion blood donor tack, available for purchase through Emblem Sales.
Learn more about the American Legion Blood Donor Program at legion.org/security/blood.