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.

Upcoming Events at American Red Cross Connecticut Chapter

American Red Cross Blood Donation at Cooper Surgical

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 from 11:15am to 4:45pm
Cooper Surgical
Trumbull, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at Whole Foods

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 from 12:30pm to 6:00pm
Whole Foods Market
Fairfield, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at Merritt Seven/Venture L.L.C Building 301

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 from 7:45am to 1:00pm
Merritt Seven/Venture - L.L.C Building 301
Norwalk, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at Gaelic American Club

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 from 1:30pm to 6:45pm
Gaelic American Club
Fairfield, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at Middlebrook Farms of Trumbull

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 from 1:30pm to 6:30pm
Middlebrook Farms
Trumbull, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at Atria Senior Living

Thursday, May 30, 2019 from 9:00am to 2:00pm
Atria Senior Living
Stratford, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at Danbury Hospital RSM

Thursday, May 30, 2019 from 11:00am to 4:30pm
Danbury Hospital
Danbury, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at Dunkin Donuts / Baskin Robbins

Thursday, May 30, 2019 from 1:00pm to 6:00pm
Dunkin Donuts / Baskin Robbins
Monroe, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at St. Edwards Catholic Church

Thursday, May 30, 2019 from 1:30pm to 6:30pm
St. Edwards Catholic Church
New Fairfield, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at Wilton Meadows Health Care Center

Friday, May 31, 2019 from 11:30am to 4:30pm
Wilton Meadows Health Care Center
Wilton, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at Noroton Presbyterian Church

Friday, May 31, 2019 from 1:00pm to 6:00pm
Noroton Presbyterian Church
Darien, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at Union Baptist Church

Saturday, Jun 1, 2019 from 8:00am to 1:00pm
Union Baptist Church
Stamford, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at Stepping Stones Museum for Children

Monday, Jun 3, 2019 from 12:30pm to 5:30pm
Stepping Stones Museum for Children
Norwalk, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at Temple Sholom

Monday, Jun 3, 2019 from 1:30pm to 6:30pm
Temple Sholom
Greenwich, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at Newtown Congregational Church

Tuesday, Jun 4, 2019 from 8:30am to 6:30pm
Newtown Congregational Church
Newtown, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at Bobby Valentine's Sports Academy

Tuesday, Jun 4, 2019 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Bobby Valentine's Sports Academy
Stamford, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at Raymour and Flanigan

Tuesday, Jun 4, 2019 from 1:00pm to 6:15pm
Raymour and Flanigan
Brookfield, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at Danbury Hospital RSM

Wednesday, Jun 5, 2019 from 11:00am to 4:30pm
Danbury Hospital
Danbury, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at Avalon

Thursday, Jun 6, 2019 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Avalon East Norwalk
Norwalk, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at The Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints

Thursday, Jun 6, 2019 from 1:30pm to 6:30pm
The Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints
Trumbull, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at Calvary Evangelical Free Church

Saturday, Jun 8, 2019 from 8:00am to 1:00pm
Calvary Free Evangelical Church
Trumbull, CT
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Recent News

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

Fewer drives, busy holiday schedules lead to blood shortage A donation shortfall over the winter holidays is prompting the American Red Cross to issue an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to give now to prevent a blood shortage from…

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Red Cross: Urgent Need for Blood and Platelet Donations Now

Come to give by Dec. 19, receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card in thanks The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors to give now to ensure blood is available for medical treatments and emergencies during the holiday…

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

Blood drive hosts also needed this winter to stop prolonged shortage The American Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage and urgently needs blood and platelet donors to give now to avoid delays in lifesaving medical care for patients.…

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Give Thanks for Good Health by Giving Blood or Platelets

The American Red Cross urges people to share their good health this holiday season by donating blood or platelets for patients in need. A decline in donations occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when donors are busy with holiday…

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Red Cross Calls for healthy Donors to Maintain Blood Supply

As influenza activity picks up, the American Red Cross is urging healthy donors of all blood types to give blood or platelets to ensure a strong blood supply for patients in need. Blood and platelets can only be given by donors who are feeling…

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

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – the perfect time to give blood or platelets to support cancer patients and others. Anna Gwinnup, a loving wife, mother and grandmother, was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer in September 2017.…

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Red Cross: Blood, Platelet Donations Needed in Wake of Hurricane Florence

Thousands of lifesaving blood donations have gone uncollected due to drive cancellations forced by the hurricane, but patients still need critical medical care. As the American Red Cross responds to Hurricane Florence, providing food, shelter and…

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Red Cross: Donors Urged to Give Blood, Help Blood Supply Match Patient Diversity

The American Red Cross urges people of all races and ethnicities to give blood to help ensure a diverse blood supply for patients in need. The vast majority of blood types fall into one of the major ABO groups. However, some blood types are unique…

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Help Kids Kick Cancer by Giving Blood with the Red Cross

Red Cross and Sport Clips Haircuts partner to raise awareness of childhood cancers, offer free haircut coupon to donors in September During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give…

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Sport Clips and Red Cross Partnership Highlights Childhood Cancer Awareness

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Red Cross Blood Shortage Continues as Thousands Answer the Call to Give

Emergency need remains; critical call for type O blood donors to donate now Thousands of people have responded to the emergency call for blood and platelet donations issued by the American Red Cross in early July. Still, there continues to be an…

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

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Be Prepared: Red Cross Urges Blood and Platelet Donation

This May, the American Red Cross is calling for donors to give blood and platelets regularly to be prepared to meet the needs of patients in emergency situations.According to the National Trauma Institute, trauma accounts for approximately 41…

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Give Blood with the Red Cross during National Volunteer Month

The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood during National Volunteer Month this April. Donating blood is a simple way for those who are short on time to make a life-changing difference.Kay Whaley knows the impact of blood…

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

Though spring has officially arrived, the American Red Cross blood supply is still recovering from severe winter storms in March. Donors of all blood types are urged to roll up a sleeve and help save lives.Winter weather in parts of the country…

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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

For the 11th year, the American Red Cross and Dunkin’ Donuts will partner in January to help increase blood donations and reward generous donors. Through the Dunkin’ Donors Make a Difference campaign, all those who come to give blood or…

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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

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