Delta Blood Bank partners with businesses, schools, churches, civic groups and other organizations to offer on-site mobile blood drives as an alternative to donating blood at one of our donor centers. The goal of these mobile blood drives is to help the blood bank reach its target of 200 blood donations per day. By holding blood drives at their own locations, organizations are making blood donation convenient and helping patients right here in the community.
The type of blood drive determines how it will be organized:
- College, business, high school and hospital drives are sponsored by a group within the school or business
- Media blood drives are sponsored by media organizations (i.e., radio/TV stations)
- Replacement drives serve to assist a specific person who is receiving or has received blood
First, contact our donor operations group and they will assist you in selecting a date. Please keep in mind that setting up a drive will require planning time and that requires approximately 8 weeks. You will need to decide whether you want your drive to be “open” or “closed”. Open blood drives are open to the public. Typically all community organization drives are open. Closed drives are not open to the public for confidentiality and safety reasons. Most business and high school drives are closed drives. Because people can donate blood every 56 days, organizations are encouraged to host multiple blood drives throughout the year. On the next page you'll find some of our best tips in making your drive as successful as possible.