Annual Shore Leave Blood Drive

Photo of a blood recipient. The summer months are a critical time for donations. Blood of any type (preferably human, though), is needed to ease the shortage in the Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Regions.

The bloodmobile is scheduled for Sunday, July 9 from 9:00am to 2:30pm.

Please consider, you can give blood every 56 days - so to be eligible to donate blood at Shore Leave, you can not have given blood after May 22.

We encourage all planning to donate to -make an appointment in advance. You will be able to schedule your time as well as a reminder E-mail or phone call prior to the Convention. Please remember that the donation process generally takes about an hour to complete. We will be recruiting donors the day of the drive and remember that walk-ins are welcome. (Please note that those with appointments will be given priority.)

Do you have questions about whether you're eligible to donate because of medical conditions or travel? Please call the Red Cross at 1-866-236-3276

Our goal for Shore Leave 39 is 100-150 donors. Please tell your friends about this and encourage them to give blood. For more general information about giving blood or about the Red Cross please visit the Red Cross' website.

Please note that a photo id or a Red Cross donor card is required.

Sign up using Red Cross Rapid Pass

This system allows you to complete your reading and questionnaire online before ahead of your appointment. Just follow these steps:

  1. Visit http://www.redcrossblood.org/RapidPass after 3:00am on the day of your appointment.
  2. Read information and answer questions
  3. Print the pass or email to your smartphone.

You must bring the completed pass with you to the blood drive or you will need to repeat the process.

For additional information, please contact Blood Drive chairs, Jayne and Anthony Volkens.