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Blood Donor Center

young lady smiling while donating blood

Donating Blood is Fast and Easy

A single donation can help as many as 4 children.

Donate Blood Today

Children’s National established the Edward J. Miller, Sr., Blood Donor Center in 1990 to support the need for blood and blood products at the hospital. As the number of patients treated at Children’s National continues to grow, the need for blood donations becomes greater than ever. Your blood can help premature babies, trauma victims, patients that need surgery or those with sickle cell, cancer or a blood disorder.

How You Can Help

What to Expect When You Donate Blood

Donating blood at Children’s National? Watch our virtual tour to prepare for your visit at our Blood Donor Center, located on the second floor of the Main Hospital.

Contact the Blood Donor Center

To schedule a donation appointment and/or host a blood drive, call 202-476-5437. For urgent assistance outside of business hours, please call 202-476-5000.

Hours of Operation

  • Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. and for platelet donations 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • The 2nd and 4th Saturday from 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. and for platelet donations 7 a.m. - 12 p.m.


Abagail's Story


Abagail's story

Every day is hydrocephalus awareness day for me - Abagail’s mom

Abagail's Story

Blood Donor Ambassador Program

The Blood Donor Ambassador Program at Children’s National Health System was created to meet the growing need for blood donations for children with sickle cell disease

Blood Donor Ambassador Program