The American Red Cross Blood Donation Process

American Red Cross

American Red Cross


Cody Gotchall resides in Oregon, and is pursuing career opportunities that involve data analytics and mathematics. Currently a student at Linn-Benton Community College, Cody Gotchall regularly engages in volunteer work in his local community. To help people in need, he has been donating blood to the American Red Cross since 2012.

Founded in 1881 by Clara Barton in Washington D.C., the American Red Cross is one of the largest humanitarian organizations in the world. The organization maintains a large international network of volunteers and partners, known as the global Red Cross Network, to address hardships caused by emergencies. In addition to disaster relief, the Red Cross also provides a variety of international relief services, educational programs, and blood collection services that help millions of patients across the world.

Volunteers that wish to donate blood must first complete basic registration with a staff member before completing a mini physical examination and health history assessment. Once these steps are complete, a technician completes the donation process by cleaning an area on the arm before inserting a sterile needle to draw blood, which takes eight to 10 minutes. Refreshments are provided by the American Red Cross once this process is complete. For additional information on donating blood, visit


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