MOSCOW, RUSSIA – APRIL 16, 2018: A person donating blood at the Russian Federal Biomedical Agency’s blood centre. Mikhail Tereshchenko/TASS (Photo by Mikhail Tereshchenko\TASS via Getty Images)

Written by Mitali Shukla

Published on DoLA

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