Donors will receive a $5 eGiftCard & can enter to win tickets to Kings Dominion!  

(August 9, 2017)­ – The American Red Cross and Charlottesville Parks & Recreation are joining forces to host Charlottesville’s largest blood drive on August 16 from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. The Red Cross encourages eligible donors to make an appointment now to support hospital patients in critical need by giving lifesaving blood. As a special thank you, those who come out to give blood with the Red Cross will be emailed a $5 eGiftCard. *All presenting donors will be entered into hourly raffles to receive a free day pass to Kings Dominion.

This year the Red Cross celebrates its centennial in Charlottesville, the goal is to collect 100 units of blood.  The Red Cross is the only blood bank that also provides disaster response and safety services that the community relies on. 

“Blood donations often do not keep pace with hospital demand during the summer months, but every day there are thousands who need lifesaving blood,” said Bernadette Jay, external communications manager, Mid-Atlantic and Appalachian Blood Services Regions. “Eligible donors in Charlottesville can help ensure a sufficient community blood supply by joining us to donate at this special drive on August 16.”

Charlottesville Cares Blood Drive

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit and follow the instructions on the site.