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The Blood Bank of Delmarva will host two blood drives in honor of Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 11.

In addition, the American flags at all four donor centers will be lowered to half-staff.

It’s all to show appreciation to our U.S. Military veterans, who have put their lives on the line for us.

In celebrating Veterans Day, it is worth noting that the U.S. Military developed key methods to save lives on the battlefield with blood and plasma transfusions during World War II and the Korean War. Those techniques developed out of necessity led to more effective blood banking practices stateside, and the Blood Bank of Delaware was established in Wilmington in 1954.

BBD later merged with the Blood Bank of the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and the organization was later renamed Blood Bank of Delmarva.

The Veterans Day blood drives are both scheduled for 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday at:

Centreville United Methodist Church

608 Church Hill Road
Centreville, MD 21617

Seaford Volunteer Fire Department

302 E King Street
Seaford, DE 19973

All four of BBD’s donor centers are also open on Monday from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Christiana, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Concord in Chadds Ford, Pa., 12:30 p.m.-7 p.m. at Dover and 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. at Salisbury, Md. Please call 1-888-8-BLOOD-8 or visit www.delmarvablood.org to book an appointment. Walk ins are always accepted as well.

More about the Blood Bank of


Blood Bank of Delmarva is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) community blood bank with a simple mission: saving lives. The Blood Bank of Delmarva achieves its mission every day by providing safe blood and blood products to all 19 hospitals in Delmarva and relies on over 80,000 volunteer blood donors each year to ensure patients’ needs are met. The Blood Bank of Delmarva distributes over 130,000 blood products annually and operates four donor centers. Each year, the Blood Bank of Delmarva hosts over 600 blood drives. These blood drives would not be possible without the commitment of community organizations that volunteer to serve as sponsors or coordinators, which provides opportunities for blood donors to give blood and help patients in need. For more information, please visit delmarvablood.org or follow us at facebook.com/delmarvabloodbank.