A Guide to Donating Blood in Atlanta

A Guide to Donating Blood in Atlanta
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Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood, yet only a fraction of eligible donors donate.

As residents of Atlanta, we can make a profound difference in the lives of others by donating blood. Whether you’re a first-time donor or a regular blood donor looking to contribute, here’s a comprehensive guide on how and where to donate blood in Atlanta.

Why Donate Blood?

Blood donations are essential for saving lives in emergencies, treating chronic illnesses, and supporting medical procedures like surgeries and cancer treatments. By donating blood, you can help patients in need and make a tangible impact on your community.

In addition to a Blood donation some organizations also collect Platelets (for cancer patients), Plasma (for blood diseases), and Double Red cells (for Trauma patients).

Who Can Donate?

Most people who are in good health, weigh at least 110 pounds, and are over the age of 17 (16 with parental consent in Georgia) are eligible to donate blood. It’s important to note that certain medical conditions, medications, and travel history may affect eligibility, so it’s best to check with the blood donation center for specific guidelines.

World Blood Donor Day is June, 14th!!!

Where to Donate Blood in Atlanta:

1. American Red Cross:

  • The American Red Cross operates multiple donation centers and mobile blood drives throughout Atlanta and the surrounding areas.
  • Visit the Red Cross website or download the Blood Donor App to find nearby blood drives, schedule appointments, and track your blood donations.
  • Address: Various locations. Visit the Red Cross website for details.

2. LifeSouth Community Blood Centers:

  • LifeSouth operates blood donation centers across Georgia, including locations in Atlanta and nearby cities.
  • Schedule an appointment online or walk in to donate blood and help save lives in your community.
  • Address: Various locations. Visit the LifeSouth website for details.

3. Blood Assurance:

  • Blood Assurance is a nonprofit blood center serving hospitals in Georgia and surrounding states.
  • Donors can schedule appointments online or visit one of the Blood Assurance donor centers to give blood.
  • Address: Various locations. Visit the Blood Assurance website for details.

4. Local Hospitals and Medical Centers:
– Many hospitals and medical centers in Atlanta host regular blood drives and accept blood donations from volunteers.
– Check with your local hospital or medical facility for information on upcoming blood drives and donation opportunities.

A Guide to Donating Blood in Atlanta
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Tips for Donating Blood:

  • Stay hydrated and eat a nutritious meal before donating blood.
  • Bring a valid photo ID and wear comfortable clothing with sleeves that can be rolled up.
  • Relax and take deep breaths during the donation process.
  • After donating, enjoy a snack and hydrate to replenish your fluids.

Fun Fact: You can host A BLOOD DRIVE:

One person can help save hundreds of lives by hosting a blood drive. A rewarding experience. The Host:

  • Provides a suitable location. A large, open space is best, so we can create separate zones for conducting confidential eligibility assessments and collecting donations.
  • Publicizes the blood drive. The more people who know about your blood drive – both within your organization and in the community – the more donors you can sign up.
  • Organizes a recruitment committee to recruit donors. Face-to-face requests are the most effective form of recruitment. Don’t do this alone; build a team to help spread the word.
  • Schedules donors for appointments. Plus, you’ll do follow-ups during the drive to ensure donors don’t miss their appointments, and reach out afterward to say thank you.


Donating blood is a simple yet powerful way to give back to your community and save lives. Whether you choose to donate at a local blood donation center, a mobile blood drive, or a hospital blood donation event, your contribution makes a meaningful difference to patients in need. By donating blood in Atlanta, you can help ensure a stable blood supply and provide hope and healing to those facing medical challenges. Schedule your appointment to donate blood today and join the lifesaving mission.

Remember, every donation counts; together, we can make a difference one pint at a time.

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Nina Ferentinos
Five years ago Nina moved from Toronto to the great state of Georgia with her husband, her two daughters, and son. They found a beautiful house and supportive community in Sandy Springs and have been residents since. Nina is originally from Germany, specifically Wolfsburg, which is the town where the Volkswagen factory has its Headquarters. All her relatives still live in Germany and she visits them often. Her European accent is hard to hide but also makes her memorable. In 2020 Nina created her own Photography Business (IG: @NinaFerentinosPhotography) which specializes in Family, Newborn, and Branding photography. Her goal is to create beautiful images for families to remember and help business owners to elevate their brand. When Nina is not working on her business or spending time with her family, she enjoys cooking, reading, crafting, and sometimes a bit of gardening. Traveling around the world and learning about new cultures has always been a great pleasure for Nina’s family. She and her husband believe that exploring new places broadens everyone’s horizon.


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