During this pandemic, it has been challenging for the Red Cross to receive donations. At this time, the Red Cross will not accept walk-ins for the safety of their staff and all donors. To support social distancing, appointments are now required.

Rapid Pass must be completed on the day of your appointment, prior to your arrival. You will receive an email with instructions before your scheduled date.

Important Notice: If you have cared for, lived with or had close contact with an individual diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19 in the past 28 days, please wait at least 28 days after your last contact with the person before donating blood.

Thank you for your understanding.


All donors are welcome; you don't need to be a University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health team member to donate. However, you do need to register online. No walk-ins allowed at this time.

There is a need for all types of blood 365 days of the year, and you can give blood once every 56 days. Your donation can help save a life!

 Who Can Give Blood?

  • Must be in generally good health
  • Must be at least 17 years old
  • Must weigh at least 110 pounds
  • Not have gotten a tattoo within the last year
  • Not have donated blood within the past 56 days

Changes in Donor Eligibility

Donors previously deferred for use of bovine insulin, or donors who have lived in England or other European countries between 1980 and 1996 for more than three months are now eligible to donate.

What to Expect When Donating Blood

The blood donation process from the time you arrive until the time you leave takes about an hour. While the donation itself takes only about 15 minutes, there are other important steps that are part of the process to ensure both your safety and that of the blood supply

Top Reasons to Give Blood

  • Your donation could save up to three lives
  • Someone needs blood in the US every two seconds
  • A single car accident victim can require up to 100 units of blood

Give the gift of life by donating blood. For information on upcoming blood drives at UM Upper Chesapeake Health, please call 443-643-1725 for more information.