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American Red Cross Connecticut Chapter

209 Farmington Avenue
877-287-3327

The first office of the American Red Cross in Connecticut was established in 1898. Throughout its history, the Red Cross in Connecticut has provided comfort, help and hope to local families affected by fires, hurricanes, winter storms, floods and other disasters.

During World War I, Red Cross work included production of clothing, comfort items and bandages for the armed forces. The Home Service program helped the families of servicemen communicate with their loved ones overseas and to provide other services.

The Red Cross entered into preparedness training in the 1920s, adding first aid, water safety and Junior Red Cross programs. Over the decades, our classes expanded as medical technology developed to include CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training. We also provide information to help individuals prepare for natural or other disasters.

During World War II, services to the armed forces again increased. Volunteers produced needed materials, visited wounded soldiers and supported home front relief work. During the war, the Red Cross began supplying the armed services with blood plasma.

In 1950, with blood transfusions becoming a more frequent medical practice, the Connecticut Red Cross Blood Program was established to serve the needs of the state’s civilian population.

Today, the American Red Cross helps Connecticut residents prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies with services provided by small paid staff and a corps of more than 3,000 volunteers.

The Connecticut Chapter responds to an average of 800 local disasters each year, most of them home fires. We help families with immediate, disaster caused needs for shelter, food, clothing and emotional support.

We train and prepare thousands of Connecticut residents each year, offering courses in First Aid, CPR and Lifeguarding, as well as Babysitter training and Community Disaster Education programs. Our Fire Safety program offers free smoke alarm installations and fire escape planning for all Connecticut families.

We provide emergency communications, counseling and other services to hundreds of Connecticut military families every year.

Our international services programs include family linking services for people seeking news and information about loved ones separated by war or disaster, as well as support of health initiatives that combat diseases like measles and rubella.

And, through the generosity of volunteer donors, we collect tens of thousands of units of blood at thousands of drives across Connecticut to provide lifesaving blood components and products to hospitals and acute care facilities throughout the state.

Recent News

Blood Donation Opportunities May 16 - June 12, 2021

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Blood Donation Opportunities April 16-30, 2021

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Help the Red Cross Refuel The Blood Supply

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Blood Donation Remains Essential Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

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Give Back by Donating on Red Cross Giving Day, March 24; Volunteering; or Giving Blood

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Red Cross Calls for Healthy Blood Donors Following Severe Weather

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Give Blood in Honor of Black History Month in February

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Red Cross urges Blood Donation to Maintain Supply Amid Pandemic

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Red Cross Teams with NFL to Urge Blood and Plasma Donation During National Blood Donor Month

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Critical Type O Blood Shortage: Red Cross Urgently Needs Donors

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Donate Blood With The Red Cross To Help Those Fighting Cancer

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Help Kids Kick Cancer By Giving Blood With The Red Cross

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Red Cross Urgently Needs Blood Donations Before Summer Ends

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Emergency Blood Shortage: $5 Amazon Gift Card for Those Who Help

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Blood Emergency: Red Cross Issues Urgent Call for Blood and Platelet Donors

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Red Cross Urges Donors to fill Missing Types to Prevent Summer Blood Shortage

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Red Cross: Critical Type O Blood Shortage - Donors Needed Now

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Give Blood With The Red Cross During National Volunteer Month

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Red Cross: Severe Shortage of Type O Blood

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One-Two Punch of Winter Storms, Canceled Blood Drives Straining Red Cross Blood Supply

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Red Cross Issues Emergency Call for Blood Donors

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Red Cross: Urgent Need for Blood and Platelet Donations Now

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Severe Blood Shortage: Red Cross Issues Immediate Call for Blood and Platelet Donations

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Give Thanks for Good Health by Giving Blood or Platelets

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Red Cross Calls for healthy Donors to Maintain Blood Supply

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Give hope to Cancer Patients By Giving Blood With the Red Cross

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Emergency Blood Shortage: Red Cross Issues Urgent Call for Blood Donors

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Blood donors Urged to Help Restock Red Cross Shelves After Severe Winter Storms

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Celebrate Red Cross Month by giving blood in March

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Red Cross and Dunkin’ Donuts Celebrate a Lifesaving Partnership with the 2018 Dunkin’ Donors Make a Difference Campaign

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American Red Cross Blood Donation Opportunities - October 16-31, 2017

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American Red Cross Blood Donation Opportunities - August 15 to August 31, 2017

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American Red Cross Blood Donation - May 26 to June 15, 2017

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2017 American Red Cross Blood Drive

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American Red Cross Blood Drives - March 2017

Schedule of Events: Bethel: March 3, 2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., St. Mary's Church, 24 Dodging Town Road Danbury: March 10, 2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Central Christian Church, 71 West St. Fairfield: March 15, 2017: 12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., St.…

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