First in series of blood drives in Richmond ‘a major success’

First of four blood drives in Richmond 'a major success'
Photo: American Red Cross

The first in a series of blood drives in Richmond being hosted by the city and American Red Cross was “a major success,” according to city officials, who said total donations were enough to save up to 90 lives.

Thirty-five reservations were made at the blood drive that took place at Veterans Memorial Hall on Saturday, Jan. 15. In total, 30 units were donated, with five of those being first time donors, the city said. 

The donations come at a critical time. The Red Cross recently declared a “national blood crisis” in part due to reduced opportunities to donate caused by the COVID-pandemic and also weather.

The partnership between the city of Richmond and Red Cross will include three more blood drives in 2022, with the next drive coming in April.

“We look forward to repeating this success then,” the city said.