OneBlood Prepares to Send Blood to Puerto Rico

OneBlood Prepares to Send Blood to Puerto Rico

(Orlando, Florida January 7, 2020) OneBlood, the local not-for-profit blood center serving Florida and the majority of the Southeast, announced today that it will be sending blood to Puerto Rico following a series of earthquakes. 

Widespread destruction and the lack of electricity on the island is preventing blood centers in Puerto Rico from being able to operate.

To ensure a ready blood supply locally and to be able to continue assisting Puerto Rico, OneBlood encourages all eligible donors to please donate. To find a donor center or Big Red Bus near you simply visit www.oneblood.org.

OneBlood has assisted Puerto Rico in the past, including during Hurricane Maria, Hurricane Irma and when the island was impacted by the Zika virus.


Generally healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. Photo ID is required. To learn more about the importance of blood donation and how donors can target the power of their blood type visit oneblood.org. All donors receive a wellness checkup of blood pressure, pulse, temperature and iron count, including a cholesterol screening, plus a surprise gift.

One of three people will need blood in their lifetime. Blood that is donated today will likely be transfused within two to three days. The turn-around is that fast, the need is constant.

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