Written by Mitali Shukla
For those looking to aid efforts combating COVID-19 beyond social distancing, blood banks are experiencing a shortage and are accepting blood donations. While donating blood is completely safe, donation centers are taking extra steps to ensure safe and clean practices. Below are some local centers that are accepting blood donations:
Hollywood Post 43 American Legion Blood Drive
2035 N Highland Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90068
Donate blood and receive an AMC movie ticket for doing so at the American Legion Blood Drive from 11AM to 4PM on April 5. Visit their website to book an appointment and enter POST43 for the zip code or account code box. Remember to bring photo ID!
UCLA Blood & Platelet Center
1045 Gayley Ave Floor 2
Los Angeles, CA 90024
UCLA’s Blood & Platelet Center is experiencing a critical blood shortage. Donate by scheduling your appointment through their website.
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Blood Donor Center
4650 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Make your appointment to donate blood at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Blood Donor Center here.
Cedars-Sinai Blood Donor Services
8700 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Schedule an appointment to donate blood at Cedars-Sinai here.
American Red Cross
11355 Ohio Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90025
The Red Cross has locations in Los Angeles, Pasadena, Santa Ana, and Long Beach. Find a drive near you on their website.
UCLA Ackerman Union Donation Center
308 Westwood Plaza, A-Level
Los Angeles, CA, 90095
UCLA’s campus blood donation center is open from 11AM to 5:40PM Monday through Thursday and from 9AM to 3:40PM on Fridays. Call (310) 825-0888 and select option 2 for more information.
HemaCare Blood Donor Center
8500 Balboa Blvd Suite 130
Northridge, CA 91325
Donate blood and potentially be compensated for it at the HemaCare Blood Donor Center. Schedule your appointment here.
UCI Orange Donor Center
101 The City Drive South
Pavilion 3 Room 170
Orange, CA 92868
University of California Irvine Health is accepting blood donations at their Orange location Monday through Friday from 7AM to 5PM. Call 714-456-5433 to make an appointment or visit their website.
CHOC Children’s Blood Bank
505 S. Main St. Suite 185
Orange, CA 92868
CHOC Children’s Hospital in Orange is accepting donations of all blood types. Call 714-509-8339 to make an appointment or visit their website.
Memorial Care Long Beach Blood Donor Center
2801 Atlantic Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90806
Blood donations are urgently needed due to school, church, and business closures related to the coronavirus. Call (562) 933-080 or visit their website for more information.
Given the prevalence and rapid spread of COVID-19, medical professionals encourage people to avoid blood donation centers if they:
- Tested positive for or diagnosed with COVID-19
- Live with or came in contact with those with COVID-19
- Have traveled to an area with an outbreak