Critical Need for Blood Donations

The shortage of blood donations during the holidays, along with the pandemic’s impact on blood drive staffing, has threatened to delay critical medical care. Donate now to help those in need.

The American Red Cross just declared our nation's first-ever Blood Crisis, and we're feeling it here in our Blood Bank at Michigan Medicine. At the university, we use more than 100,000 blood components annually and more than 250 units per day on average to treat patients requiring blood transfusions. Without the generosity of blood donors, we wouldn't be able to do the work we do each day.

When you become a blood donor, you become a potential lifesaver. If you're not eligible, consider volunteering at a blood drive or encouraging others to give.


Towsley Dining Room

  • Dec. 6, 7 am - 3 pm

Walk-ins are welcome as space permits, though appointments will be given priority. Please bring a photo ID with you to the drive.

To schedule an appointment here or at a different University of Michigan location, log onto (sponsor code: goblue) or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

These drives are part of the Winter Blood Battle competition, so all donors are eligible to receive a t-shirt and Washtenaw Dairy coupon (while supplies last). 

Before your donation

All drives on campus in University of Michigan buildings will require both volunteers and donors to wear masks and complete the ResponsiBlue screening in compliance with University policies. Donors who cannot comply with these regulations will be turned away at the door.

Please eat iron-rich foods and drink plenty of water before you donate blood so that you are healthy on the day of your donation. 

Wait to give blood if:

  • In the past 14 days, you have had any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • In the past 14 days, you had a positive diagnostic test (for example, nasal swab test) for COVID-19 but you never developed symptoms.
  • You have a pending diagnostic test (for example, nasal swab test) for COVID-19.
  • You are currently instructed to quarantine for any reason.

For more information on the blood shortage and tips on how you can help, visit the Michigan Health Blog.