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Donating blood is one of the easiest ways to help save a child’s life

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Meet Kit

Kit’s family appreciates how she enjoys singing and dancing — and life itself —thanks to blood donations that keep her alive. Read why it’s critical to support Kit and patients like her.

Donate blood or platelets at our Blood Donor Center at 333 Longwood Ave. in Boston or at one of our Bloodmobile drives in your community. Donating whole blood can take less than an hour out of your day.

Illustration of rainbow colors and this text: Change is here; Blood donation just got more inclusive

The eligibility criteria for donating blood has expanded. New FDA guidance means eligibility will be evaluated regardless of sex, gender, or sexual orientation.

The Boston Children's Blood Donor Center is an independent collection facility serving the needs of the pediatric patients in the Longwood Medical Area. Established in 1958 primarily to provide fresh blood for the new field of open heart surgery, we now supply virtually all of the blood and blood products used at Boston Children's. If you are eligible, please help us meet the needs of our young patients by donating.

Remember to bring a photo ID with you when you come to donate. Thank you for your continued support!

Entrance: Boston Children's Hospital Blood Donor Center

Blood Donor Center 
hours of operation 

Sunday: 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome (subject to staffing and availability).

Make your blood donation appointment online

Go to www.bostonchildrens.org/halfpints. There you can:

  • make an appointment to donate whole blood, double red cells, or platelets
  • search for a Bloodmobile visit in your area
  • view recent health history information, blood pressure, pulse, and iron level
  • keep track of your lifetime donations

To schedule your blood donation appointment via phone, call 617-355-6677.

Generously supported by the Ford Motor Company Fund & New England Ford Dealers.

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