American Red Cross of Alabama

American Red Cross of Alabama


The Red Cross of Alabama is either uninformed or incompetent. In January 2020 the FDA issued guidlines rescinding the prohibition of blood donation by military members who were serving their country in Europe during the 1980s. On April 2, 2020, the FDA published a letter to that effect. Today, April 18 I drove 25 miles to donate blood in the midst of the national blood shortage. I was told by the person in charge that the RedCross is unaware of the new guidelines and I as well as my wife and two sons will not be allowed to donate blood. I do not know about elsewhere but the Red Cross of Alabama is, as I said, uninformed and incompetent.
Y'all want to increase blood donations? Give a free coronavirus test, on site, with each donation.
I arrived for my donation appointment in Gadsden today. There were no Red Cross representatives on site, no signage, no email possibly informing me of cancellation or postponement and the facility was closed. You’re begging for blood and then you’re a “no show” ! So much for your “needs” .
In response to your many pleas for blood donations I signed up earlier this week and was given an appointment for 11:45 this morning at the Gadsden Public Library. Not only was there no donation facility set up but the Library was closed. I had to tap on a window from the shrubbery outside yo get a library employee to come to the window. She knew nothing about any blood drive. I phoned the local office and the call was not answered but rolled over to the Huntsville, AL office. The person there knew nothing about any blood collection in Gadsden and didn’t even care enough to ask me my name. He said “the system must have messed it up.”
Your organization, for which my mother volunteered for 50 years, should be ashamed of advertising its dire need for blood if it can’t even make and honor an appointment for a donor.
I have O positive blood and I would like to donate for the young lady that I saw on the news last night. Her name was Lydia Langford. Where do I go?
Thank you Alabama Red Cross for your support of my brother and his family yesterday after a devastating home fire! It is great to see the work of this wonderful organization in action. I am proud to work with all of you!
Giving a little support! East Alabama Rocks!
Hello, I would love to donate blood. But I'm born and raised in Germany since 1988. Why can't I donate blood? I'm in the US now. So can nobody in the US donate blood?
My blood could save lives but you don't want it. I'm upset.
Keep my 3 sisters in prayer as they head out with Red Cross to Arkansas. They are a little nervous this is Barbara Hudson Casterlin & Gloria Jean Hudson Gschwender first deployment without me and Pattie Lynn Hudson Taylor first ever! I would have been out that way already if life had allowed.
Do good works girls and represent East Alabama Chapter proudly! I have trained y’all the best I can. Love y’all.
Gods got this, it’s all part of the plan!
Alabama Red Cross your donation sites are a joke, I now understand why I always choose to use LifeSouth for all my blood donations, had an appointment to donate at 11 and wait an hour and still not able to get to donate, filled out your fast pass registration got there early and told them I was on my lunch hour. Had to leave with no donation made guess I will look for Lifesouth this weekend to make my normal donation. Will not ever try Red Cross again.
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This chapter page is used to post relevant local content highlighting our mission and connecting us with the communities of Alabama. Vision Statement
The American Red Cross, through its strong network of volunteers, donors and partners, is always there in times of need.

We aspire to turn compassion into action so that...
...all people affected by disaster across the country and around the world receive care, shelter and hope;
...our communities are ready and prepared for disasters;
...everyone in our country has access to safe, lifesaving blood and blood products;
...all members of our armed services and their families find support and comfort whenever needed; an

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Turn Your Compassion into Action – Volunteer with the American Red Cross 05/17/2022

Turn Your Compassion into Action – Volunteer with the American Red Cross

Turn your compassion into action!

We have volunteer opportunities open (both in person or work from home) in a wide variety of positions and we need your help to make our mission possible.

Come discover your perfect volunteer role and sign up to volunteer with us today!
Just click here to get started:

Turn Your Compassion into Action – Volunteer with the American Red Cross As more people rely on the Red Cross for help, the need for compassionate volunteers has never been greater. We are actively recruiting for the critical volu...

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FINAL DAYS: The Red Cross is testing all blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies through June 3. Results may identify donations with antibody levels necessary to potentially help COVID-19 patients with weakened immune systems. Learn more:

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According to the National Trauma Institute, hospitals will deal with 41M trauma cases each year, many of which will need blood. Remember, seconds count. Your blood can save a life, but only if it's on the shelf when hospitals need it!

Click here to start:

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You can make a difference in your community through one of our volunteer from home positions!

See how you can help by clicking the link below. ⬇️ ⬇️ ⬇️


Martin Houston is gearing up for Swing for Relief! Are you?

Here’s another golf fun fact for you…The chance of making 2️⃣ hole-in-ones in a single game is 1 in 67 million.

Good thing we’ve only got one 🚗 to giveaway. 😬

Join us and local celeb, Martin Houston, on Tuesday, May 24. We will “swing for relief” on the greens of Ol’ Colony in Tuscaloosa.

Proceeds from the event will allow us to bring hope to people who are often experiencing the worst day of their lives.

Go to to register your team.

Pet First Aid App 05/12/2022

Pet First Aid App

By now we're sure you've probably heard about our first aid app or possibly taken one of our online first aid courses.

But did you know have a first aid app just for your furry friends?

Click here to learn more and to see how it works: 🐕 🐈

Pet First Aid App Watch this short video to learn about the American Red Cross Pet First Aid App and how it will help you take care of your furry friend.


In nice weather, you may be tempted to bring your pet along while you run errands thinking they may enjoy the ride.

Unless they're going in with you, or someone is staying in the car with them, DON'T!

When you park your car, the temperature inside can quickly reach 120 degrees even if you park in the shade. Remember, if it's too hot for you it's too hot for them!

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Give blood! It's a simple act with a powerful impact on patients requiring lifesaving transfusions. Come to give 4/19-5/19 with the Red Cross & get a $10 e-gift card to a merchant of choice. Plus, get a chance to score a new travel trailer camper! Sign up:


📣 Thanks for the shout-out ladies of The Gray Group at KW Realty. We’re excited to Swing for Relief too! 🏌️‍♂️

If you haven’t had the chance to register your team, now is the time to do it. Time is running out! ⏰


We’re adding more prizes to the list everyday…

⛳️a package from Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa

⛳️ hole-in-1 contest winner gets a 🚗 courtesy of Townsend Nissan.

And there’s so much more. So purchase your mulligans and strings and don’t miss this chance to do something good for your community!

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One hour 15 minutes...

That's roughly how long it takes to donate blood from start to finish.

Every 2 seconds...

That's how often someone in the U.S. needs blood.

Three out of one hundred...

That's how many people on average donate blood.

One donation...

Your one donation can be used to save up to three lives. So please, schedule your appointment to donate blood today.

Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice Encourages Blood Donation 05/10/2022

Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice Encourages Blood Donation

It's hard to believe Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice was afraid of needles, but he overcame that fear & is a proud blood donor. He's joining us & @SuburbanPropane to ask you to commit to a simple act with a powerful impact – giving blood:

Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice Encourages Blood Donation Join blood donors like Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice in making a powerful impact this spring. Visit to make an appointment t...

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Have a car you no longer need? Have you considered donating to an organization who can put it to good use?

Find out more about donating your car by clicking the link below.

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We ❤️ showing our amazing volunteers in action and this weekend, Vicki Weber was caught cycling for a cause and recruiting future Red Crossers at the same time! 🤩

Creative and committed - Vicki, you are the Red Cross. 💕

Photos from Mobile Fire-Rescue's post 05/09/2022

Photos from Mobile Fire-Rescue's post

Photos from American Red Cross of Alabama's post 05/07/2022

It was a gorgeous day in Mobile and a perfect day to Sound The Alarm! ☀️
Big thanks to Orchard Baptist Church and our friends at Mobile Fire-Rescue for helping us make over 💯homes safer! Woohoo!

Check out pics from today’s event and visit for more info.

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99 year-old U. S. Navy veteran, Captain Marvin G. Smith, was presented a Quilt of Valor at First Methodist Church of Prattville, AL on May 4. Captain Smith served 38 years in the U.S. Navy during WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

Services to the Armed Forces volunteer, Martha Poole Simmons, shared with attendees the American Red Cross' mission to active duty and veterans. She described the beginning of the Red Cross by Clara Barton in 1881 after her experiences nursing soldiers during the Civil War.

Photos from Cottondale Elementary's post 05/05/2022

Pedro the Penguin 🐧 went on an adventure at Cottondale Elementary. 💜

Be a Hero: Donate Blood, Platelets during Trauma Awareness Month 05/05/2022

Be a Hero: Donate Blood, Platelets during Trauma Awareness Month

Want to learn more about #TraumaAwarenessMonth?

Take a moment and swing by our blog to see how heroes like Lily are making a difference and how you can help.

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Be a Hero: Donate Blood, Platelets during Trauma Awareness Month Every day, the American Red Cross must collect nearly 14,000 blood donations to meet the needs of trauma patients and others with serious medical conditions. During Trauma Awareness Month in May, the Red Cross urges eligible blood and platelet donors to roll up a sleeve on behalf of those in need. E...

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It's #TraumaAwarenessMonth and we're putting spotlight on the overwhelming needs of trauma patients.

According to the National Trauma Institute, each year hospitals will deal with 41M trauma cases, many of which will need blood. Remember, seconds count. Your blood can save a life, but only if it's already on the shelf when hospitals need it!

Please take a moment to schedule your appointment. Just click here to get started:

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May is #TraumaAwarenessMonth and we're putting a focus on patient needs.

According to the National Trauma Institute, each year hospitals will deal with 41M trauma cases, many of which will need lifesaving blood

Help us help them by clicking here:

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We ❤️ our communities!!

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Your 1 donation could help save more than 1 life! The Red Cross & Suburban Propane are thanking those who come to give blood or platelets 4/19-5/19 with a $10 e-gift card to a merchant of choice + a chance to score a travel trailer camper. Sign up to give:

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This month, we recognize the sacrifice our service members and their families make each day. We thank them for their commitment and resilience. 🇺🇸

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Thank you for celebrating with us the Month of the Military Child throughout April!

At the American Red Cross, we know support for military families as a whole develops strong, resilient military kids.

Visit to sign up today — both virtual and in-person opportunities are available.

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Individuals, Groups, Teams, & Clubs WANTED to help install FREE smoke alarms in Mobile! This is a GREAT OPPORTUNITY to serve your community & help save lives!
Go to to sign up:
Pre-Canvassing - Saturday, April 30
Day of Action - Saturday, May 7

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Have you drawn up you #HomeFire escape plan?

Be honest...

If you haven't that's alright. The important part is that you make one asap!

To get started be sure to save the attached picture. If you'd like to learn more, click here:

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Want to help us #EndHomeFires?

A great way to get started is to follow these three steps!

Don't have smoke alarms? Be sure to check out to get your free smoke alarms.

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Will we see you on May 7?
We need volunteers to help install free smoke alarms in Mobile to keep households safe from home fires. Join us as we Sound the Alarm to install free smoke alarms. Sign up here:


We will never forget the lives lost on this day in 2011. Thank you, Governor Kay Ivey.

I have proclaimed today as a Day of Remembrance in honor of the April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak. No matter how many years pass, we will never forget this tragedy and the impact it had on our state. We remember those we lost in the storms and their families.

Download the proclamation:

Alabama Emergency Management Agency

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Thanks Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama! Your support of Sound the Alarm helps keep our community safer from home fires. #EndHomeFires

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Ever wonder what the disaster services team does in between the home fires, tornadoes, hurricanes and floods? 🤔

This week they’re meeting to discuss ways to serve our 147 counties across Alabama and Mississippi and how to provide the best volunteer experience. Let’s hear it for this amazing team! ❤️⛑

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Did you know that the Red Cross responds to more home fires than any other type of disaster?

Our annual Sound the Alarm event aims to reduce the number of lives lost through home fires by installing free smoke alarms, creating escape plans and sharing fire safety information.

Visit to get your free smoke alarms.

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The Red Cross has launched an initiative to grow the number of blood donors who are Black to help patients with sickle cell disease, an enduring & often invisible health disparity in the U.S. #BlackBloodDonorsNeeded to #TeamUp4SickleCell by giving blood:

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Emergency Services
When disasters, large or small, strike, the American Red Cross provides shelter, food and health services to individuals and families who are affected. From care for hurricane evacuees to providing home cleanup kits to tornado victims, the Mid Alabama Region is here to help. The DAT (Disaster Action Team) volunteer program responds to the scene of disaster to assist people in crisis.

Preparedness and Health and Safety Services
Every year, the American Red Cross prepares millions of people to save lives through health and safety training. Our training programs include First Aid, CPR and AED, aquatics and water safety, swimming lessons, HIV/AIDS prevention and education, and care giving programs. The Red Cross is committed to keeping people safe at home, at school, and in the workplace by teaching people not only how to respond to emergencies, but also how to prevent them.
Our service delivery options include on-site training, as well as regularly scheduled programs that take place at Red Cross locations.

Service to Armed Forces
Both active duty and community-based military can count on the American Red Cross to provide emergency communications that link them with their families back home, access to financial assistance, counseling and assistance to veterans. Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces personnel work in 756 chapters in the United States, on 58 military installations around the world and with our troops overseas.

Project SHARE
Project SHARE provides emergency assistance to our elderly and disabled neighbors who need help with their energy bills. Clients in need apply for Project SHARE assistance with the American Red Cross office in their county. Project SHARE is administered by the American Red Cross and is funded by utility customers who donate through their monthly bills.

Community Education
The best way to make your family and your home safer is to be prepared before disaster strikes. You can reduce the social and economic costs of any disaster by taking proactive steps to reduce your vulnerability.
Be Red Cross Ready: Get a Kit. Make A Plan. Be Informed.

Please click HERE for more information on Community Education classes in your area.

International Services
International Services initiatives focus on primary health care, emergency response and preparedness, restoring family links, and the dissemination of international humanitarian law.

Volunteer Services
American Red Cross volunteers provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Your local Red Cross chapter can work with you to provide rewarding experiences, whatever your schedule. We need people with all kinds of different backgrounds, talents and skill levels. And, if you need training, we’ll provide it.

Blood Services
American Red Cross Biomedical Services plays a critical role in our nation’s health care system. It is the largest single supplier of blood and blood products in the United States, collecting and processing more than 40 percent of the blood supply and distributing it to some 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide. The Red Cross also plays a leading role in protecting the safety of donors and patients and increasing the availability of blood. It has been among the first to help develop and implement testing for infectious diseases and is frequently the single major contributor to clinical trials to improve blood safety. Providing life-saving blood and blood products to patients is a key component of the Red Cross mission to help people in times of emergency and disasters.



700 Caldwell Trace
Hoover, AL

General information

Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement: Humanity The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, born of a desire to bring assistance without discrimination to the wounded on their battlefield endeavors, in its international and national capacity, to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found. Its purpose is to protect life and health and to ensure respect for the human being. It promotes mutual understanding, friendship, cooperation and lasting peace among all peoples. Impartiality It makes no discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. It endeavors to relieve the suffering of individuals, being guided solely by their needs, and to give priority to the most urgent cases of distress. Neutrality In order to continue to enjoy the confidence of all, the Movement may not take sides in hostilities or engage at any time in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature. Independence The Movement is independent. The National Societies, while auxiliaries in the humanitarian services of their governments and subject to the laws of their respective countries, must always maintain their autonomy so that they may be able at all times to act in accordance with the principles of the Movement. Voluntary Service It is a voluntary relief movement not prompted in any manner by desire for gain. Unity There can be only one Red Cross or one Red Crescent Society in any one country. It must be open to all. It must carry on its humanitarian work throughout its territory. Universality The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, in which all Societies have equal status and share equal responsibilities and duties in helping each other, is worldwide.

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Tuesday 8pm - 5pm
Wednesday 8pm - 5pm
Thursday 8am - 5pm
Friday 8am - 5pm

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