Sickle Cell Anemia Blood Drive is Sept. 2

Published August 30, 2022

One of the easiest ways to make a difference in the lives of sickle cell patients across the country is donating blood. Blood transfusions are one of the most critical treatments for sickle cell patients, but less than 10% of Americans donate blood. Giving blood is a small action that makes a huge impact, especially for people living with sickle cell disease. Donating blood takes one hour, and you could save someone’s life.

There is an especially great need for donors of diverse backgrounds. Sickle cell patients benefit most from blood transfusions from people of the same race or similar ethnicity, but only 5% of blood donors are of African ancestry. When you donate and diversify the blood supply, you’re making a direct impact on the lives of sickle cell patients.

The African American Shipbuilders Association (AASA) and the American Red Cross will host a Sickle Cell Anemia Blood Drive on Friday, Sept. 2, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Bldg. 520 (James River Room). Please note, all are welcome to donate blood. Donors can charge 1.5 hours to job order 0874-X. To schedule an appointment, contact Sheryce Moore or Natasha Eck via email. For more information, contact William Bond via email.