Love Waterford works with the Red Cross to facilitate several local blood drives a year. The blood drives are often hosted by local churches who graciously offer up their facilities. Love Waterford also assists the leadership club at Waterford High School with bringing the community out to blood drives hosted at Waterford High School. Each blood drive requires a minimum of three volunteers. You can sign up to volunteer on our volunteer page. All volunteers must complete a brief online training to become familiar with Red Cross check in procedures. You can sign up to donate blood online.


What is a Power Red donation?

A power red donation is a donation of red blood cells without the plasma. Your blood is extracted, then the red blood are extracted, cells are isolated, and your plasma and platelets are returned to you. A power red donation allows you to safely donate two units of red blood cells. This donation type takes approximately 30 minutes longer, and you can donate every four months. People with type O, A negative, and B negative blood can make a Power Red donation. A donor can make a power red donation every 112 days, up to 3 times/year. Male donors must be at least 17 years old in most states, at least 5'1" tall and weigh at least 130 lbs. Female donors must be at least 19 years old, at least 5'5" tall and weigh at least 150 lbs.

Can I donate platelets?

The Red Cross does not have the equipment present for you to donate platelets at our community drives. You can donate platelets at a regional Red Cross office.

I'm not sure I'm eligible to donate.

If you are unsure if you are eligible, due to a recent sickness, vaccination, tattoo, or any other reason, then you can view a full list of requirements at

Do I have to make an appointment?

Walk-ins are accepted again. However, our ability to accept a walk-in donor without an appointment is dependent on their being an opening in the donor schedule, and we cannot guarantee acceptance without an appointment.