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 Thomas Braun Orthodontics

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019 from 1:30pm to 6:30pm
Thomas Braun Orthodontics
Fairfield, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at St. Patrick's Church

Thursday, Jan 24, 2019 from 12:45pm to 6:00pm
St. Patrick Church
Redding, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at Christ Episcopal Church

Thursday, Jan 24, 2019 from 1:45pm to 6:45pm
Christ Episcopal Church
Stratford, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at YMCA

Friday, Jan 25, 2019 from 1:00pm to 6:30pm
Fairfield YMCA
Fairfield, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at Tully Health Center

Saturday, Jan 26, 2019 from 8:00am to 1:00pm
Tully Health Center
Stamford, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at Agudath Sholom Synagogue

Sunday, Jan 27, 2019 from 9:00am to 2:00pm
Congregation Agudath Sholom
Stamford, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at YMCA of Greenwich

Monday, Jan 28, 2019 from 1:30pm to 6:30pm
YMCA of Greenwich
Greenwich, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at Blue Sky Studios, INC

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019 from 9:15am to 3:00pm
Blue Sky Studios, INC
Greenwich, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at Greenwich Country Day School

Wednesday, Jan 30, 2019 from 7:00am to 12:30pm
Greenwich Country Day School
Greenwich, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at Greenwich Hospital

Wednesday, Jan 30, 2019 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Greenwich Hospital
Greenwich, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church

Thursday, Jan 31, 2019 from 2:00pm to 7:00pm
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
Bridgeport, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at Shelton Community Center

Friday, Feb 1, 2019 from 1:00pm to 6:00pm
Shelton Community Center
Shelton, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at I.B.E.W. Local 488

Saturday, Feb 2, 2019 from 8:00am to 1:00pm
IBEW Local 488
Monroe, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at Spring Meadows

Saturday, Feb 2, 2019 from 8:00am to 1:00pm
Spring Meadows Trumbull
Trumbull, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at Bethel United Methodist Church

Saturday, Feb 2, 2019 from 9:00am to 2:00pm
Bethel United Methodist Church
Bethel, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at Jewish Community Center

Sunday, Feb 3, 2019 from 9:00am to 2:00pm
Stamford Jewish Community Center
Stamford, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at Temple Sholom

Monday, Feb 4, 2019 from 1:30pm to 6:30pm
Temple Sholom
Greenwich, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at Whole Foods

Tuesday, Feb 5, 2019 from 11:30am to 5:00pm
Whole Foods Market
Fairfield, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at Western Connecticut State University Westside Campus Center

Tuesday, Feb 5, 2019 from 11:45am to 5:15pm
Western Connecticut State University Westside Campus
Danbury, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at Danbury Hospital RSM

Wednesday, Feb 6, 2019 from 11:00am to 4:30pm
Danbury Hospital
Danbury, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at Western CT State University

Wednesday, Feb 6, 2019 from 11:45am to 5:15pm
Western Connecticut State University
Danbury, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at Avalon - East Norwalk

Thursday, Feb 7, 2019 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Avalon East Norwalk
Norwalk, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at Western CT State University

Thursday, Feb 7, 2019 from 11:45am to 5:15pm
Western Connecticut State University
Danbury, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at Darien Library

Thursday, Feb 7, 2019 from 1:00pm to 6:30pm
Darien Library
Darien, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at Dianon Systems

Friday, Feb 8, 2019 from 7:00am to 12:45pm
Dianon Systems
Shelton, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at Masuk High School

Friday, Feb 8, 2019 from 7:45am to 1:30pm
Masuk High School
Monroe, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at New Canaan Library

Friday, Feb 8, 2019 from 9:00am to 2:00pm
New Canaan Library
New Caanan, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at Fright Haven

Friday, Feb 8, 2019 from 11:00am to 4:30pm
Fright Haven
Stratford, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at Greenfield Hill Congregational Church

Friday, Feb 8, 2019 from 11:30am to 4:30pm
Greenfield Hill Congregational Church
Fairfield, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at Norwalk Hospital

Friday, Feb 8, 2019 from 1:30pm to 6:30pm
Norwalk Hospital
Norwalk, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at Tully Health Center

Saturday, Feb 9, 2019 from 8:00am to 1:00pm
Tully Health Center
Stamford, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at Congregation B'nai Israel

Monday, Feb 11, 2019 from 1:00pm to 6:00pm
Congregation B'nai Israel Nursery School
Bridgeport, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at Fairfield University Student Center

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2019 from 11:00am to 4:45pm
Fairfield University
Fairfield, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at Norwalk Community College

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2019 from 11:00am to 4:45pm
Norwalk Community College
Norwalk, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at Maefair Health Care Center

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2019 from 11:30am to 4:30pm
Maefair Health Care Center
Trumbull, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at Raymour and Flanigan

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2019 from 1:00pm to 6:15pm
Raymour and Flanigan
Brookfield, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at First Congregational Church of Darien

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2019 from 1:00pm to 6:00pm
First Congregational Church of Darien
Darien, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at Fairfield University Student Center

Wednesday, Feb 13, 2019 from 11:00am to 4:45pm
Fairfield University
Fairfield, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at Greenwich Town Hall

Wednesday, Feb 13, 2019 from 11:15am to 5:00pm
Greenwich Town Hall
Greenwich, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at St. Paul's Episcopal Church

Thursday, Feb 14, 2019 from 12:30pm to 6:00pm
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Fairfield, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at Beacon Hill Evangelical Free Church

Thursday, Feb 14, 2019 from 1:00pm to 6:00pm
Beacon Hill Evangelical Free Church
Monroe, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at Ridgefield Park and Recreation Center

Thursday, Feb 14, 2019 from 1:30pm to 6:30pm
Ridgefield Parks and Recreation
Ridgefield, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at R.D.Scinto

Friday, Feb 15, 2019 from 8:00am to 1:45pm
R.D. Scinto, Inc.
Shelton, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at University of Bridgeport Student Center

Friday, Feb 15, 2019 from 11:00am to 4:30pm
University of Bridgeport Student Center
Bridgeport, CT
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American Red Cross Blood Donation at First Presbyterian Church

Friday, Feb 15, 2019 from 11:30am to 4:30pm
First Presbyterian Church Of Greenwich
Greenwich, CT
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Red Cross Blood Shortage Continues as Thousands Answer the Call to Give

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

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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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American Red Cross Blood Drives - March 2017

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