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Give blood for National Preparedness Month

By: Brennan

Help make sure local blood supply levels in our area remained fully stocked. Here is a list of blood drives going on this weekend:

Friday, September 1st

Manassas Mall (near Sears), 8300 Sudley Rd., Manassas, VA,  1PM – 6PM

Long Branch Library, 8800 Garland Ave., Silver Spring, MD  1PM – 5PM

Courtyard Gaithersburg Washingtonian Center, Gaithersburg, MD  12PM – 5PM

Bainbridge Shady Grove Metro, 15955 Frederick Rd., Derwood (Rockville), MD 1PM – 6PM

Saturday, September 2nd

Leesburg Public Safety Center, 65 Plaza St., Leesburg, VA  9AM – 2PM

Homewood Suites by Hilton Gaithersburg,  805 Russell Ave., Gaithersburg, MD  9AM-2:30PM

Sunday, September 3rd

Christ Congregational Church,  108 Woodmoor Rd., Silver Spring, MD  8AM – 1:30PM

Monday, September 4th

Alexandria Chapter House,  123 North Alfred St., Alexandria, VA  8:30AM – 1:30PM

Montgomery County Chapter House,  2020 East/West Highway, Silver Spring, MD  8:30AM – 1:30PM

Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 20260 Goldenrod Lane,  Germantown, MD  9AM – 1PM

Bruster’s Real Ice Cream,  18519 N. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg, MD  9:30AM – 2PM

Find a blood drive near you

The threat from Hurricane Harvey is far from over as extremely dangerous flooding continues in Texas and parts of Louisiana. Getting help in some areas will be challenging for some time due to devastating floodwaters and closed roads. This is a heartbreaking and challenging situation for those in the storm’s path and the American Red Cross is working around the clock to provide safe shelter and comfort for the hundreds of thousands of people impacted by this disaster. From our area, dozens of people have been deployed to assist and more will be going.  Help people affected by Hurricane Harvey by visiting redcross.org, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or texting the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

At this time, the Red Cross is not proactively asking for blood donations as part of our Red Cross disaster response in Texas, but the need for blood is constant. We are closely monitoring our blood supplies amid this ongoing disaster. With dangerous widespread flooding in Southeast Texas, all blood collection organizations in the U.S. are making efforts to meet patient blood needs and to ensure a sufficient blood supply in storm affected areas. The Red Cross currently has an urgent need for blood and platelet donations across the country due to a summer decline in blood donors and blood drive sponsors. Blood donations are always encouraged and the Red Cross stands ready to provide blood products as needed.

Right now, the Red Cross is not hosting blood drives “for” or “in honor of” Hurricane Harvey, but with September being National Preparedness Month, we would welcome blood drive sponsors to host blood drives that raise overall awareness of the need for community preparedness. Hurricane Harvey serves as a reminder of the need for a sufficient blood supply at all times, including times of disaster.


The previous statement regarding the local American Red Cross response to Hurricane Harvey may be attributed to Regina Boothe Bratton, External Communications Manager, Red Cross Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region.