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Donate for Dads

During the month of June, Virginia Blood Services is encouraging donors and the community to celebrate a father, grandfather or other loved one(s) with a blood donation supporting life-saving transfusions that occur every day.  The campaign recognizes … Continue reading

Salem Red Sox Blood Drives

Join Virginia Blood Services and the Salem Red Sox at one of the upcoming 2013 Season blood drives. Donate blood to help benefit area patients and the community blood supply. April 28, 2-5 p.m. May … Continue reading
Rachel Reynolds and her daughter Charlotte

Rachel Reynolds

I have been donating blood regularly since high school. At that point, for me, a "regular" donation was maybe 2 or 3 times a year when I thought about it. I just did it because I knew it was a good thing to do and that it helped others. Then, in January 2009, my only daughter Charlotte was diagnosed with a massive brain tumor... Continue reading


I have always wanted to donate after watching all the times that my grandfather did gave blood and when I became of age I was right there donating myself! Continue reading


I proudly donate blood on a regular basis because it gives others something they desperately need to survive. Just knowing I can make a difference in someone else’s life makes me feel great! If you … Continue reading


Donating is awesome, but organizing a blood drive is amazing. Continue reading

Henry L. Ongaro

My reason for donating is my grandson. I had started donating 20 years before, but this brought my donations to an even more personal level. RJ, my grandson, was born 16 weeks premature. Continue reading

Larry Hicks

I have been donating blood since I was 18 years old. When I turned 37 years old, my father had cancer and needed a transfusion. Continue reading

Karen Schwartzkopf

For me, giving blood is so incredibly simple, yet such an important way to support lifesaving efforts in my community. I sign up whenever I can to support specific causes through my kids’ schools for … Continue reading

Christina Greulich

As a young child, my father donated very regularly. He would participate in blood drives at work, area hospitals, etc. and would come home with pins whenever he would reach a "gallon" milestone. Continue reading