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Introduction: There is a need for a constant supply of blood and blood products (e.g. plasma and platelets) in the American health care system. Common recipients of blood include: patients at risk for major hemorrhage, patients with sickle cell anemia, patients undergoing surgery, and thrombocytopenia in neonatal patients. This demand is met through nationwide blood banks, such as the American Red Cross, and their blood donation programs. The American Red Cross relies solely on volunteer donors; thus, one of the most pressing issues facing this institution is getting donors in the door. Through our survey questions we hope to uncover more factors that guide individuals in their philanthropic ways. The overall goal of this research is focused on unveiling new information that will supply the American Red Cross with valuable insight into their donor population and possible opportunities for joint publicity. We investigated the similarities and difference between how and why individuals undertake certain charitable activities.


Chris Frenette, American Red Cross

Mark Fung, MD, University of Vermont College of Medicine


American Red Cross


Blood Disorders and Blood Safety


Presented at the AABB Annual Meeting Anaheim, CA, October 24-27, 2015.

K Colelli, A Correll, S Li, J Loyal, R Sofka, J E Taylor, A Tranmer, J K Carney, C Frenette, M K Fung. "The Charitable Habits of Blood Donors." SP106. Abstract Presentations from the AABB Annual Meeting Anaheim, CA, October 24-27, 2015. Transfusion. 55, (S3), September 2015, Pages: 3A–245A.

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The Charitable Habits of Blood Donors