On February 12, 2024, VA Providence hosted a blood drive in partnership with the Rhode Island Blood Center. The event was a huge success, as staff, Veterans, and community members rolled up their sleeves and donated blood.
The blood drive was part of VA Providence’s ongoing efforts to support the health and well-being of our Veteran community and our neighbors. According to the American Red Cross, every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood, and one donation can potentially save up to three lives. Blood is especially needed for patients with chronic conditions, such as sickle cell disease, cancer, and kidney disease, as well as for those who suffer from trauma, burns, or surgery.
By giving blood, our donors not only helped meet the demand for blood in our local hospitals but also contributed to the national blood supply that serves our Veterans across the country. As the largest healthcare system in the U.S., the VA relies on a steady and sufficient blood supply to provide quality care to our Veterans. Our donors also showed their solidarity and gratitude to our Veterans, who have sacrificed so much for our nation.
We would like to thank all the donors who participated in the blood drive, as well as the Rhode Island Blood Center staff who facilitated the event. We would also like to thank our volunteers and staff who helped with the promotion, registration, and logistics of the event. We are proud of the generosity and spirit of our VA Providence family and community.
We encourage everyone eligible to donate blood regularly and help save lives.