Blood Banks in Major Need of Blood 

Blood banks across Santa Clara and San Mateo counties need your blood, and you can get some swag in return. 

Due in part to the summer months – when people take a lot of vacations – and the ongoing pandemic, banks are running low on blood. Right now, several donation centers across the Peninsula and South Bay regions are calling on everyone, especially universal donors (Type 0-), to give. Many of the collection groups are incentivizing people with giveaways. 

Stanford Blood Center 

Stanford operates donation centers in Campell, Menlo Park, and Mountain View and holds mobile blood drives in Milpitas, Pleasanton, San Jose, and Sunnyvale. People who donate between now and July 31 will receive one free “Grateful for Life” collectible tie-dye t-shirt!

Appointments can be scheduled online at, via our SBC mobile app, or by calling 888-723-7831. The center’s website updates each day with the most needed blood types. 

San Jose Red Cross 

Red Cross takes blood donations at its San Jose Red Cross Blood, Platelet, and Plasma Donation Center. The organization is entering July donors into a raffle for Shark Week merchandise, and anyone who donates before July 10 will receive a Red Cross-labled tote bag. 

People can schedule an appointment at


This non-profit operates two facilities, one in San Mateo and one in San Jose. Donors who come to give July 1–9 receive an exclusive Flippin’ Awesome Donor grilling apron while supplies last* And will be entered to win 1 of 3 $3,000 prepaid gift cards.**

Make an appointment here

Donors to all these centers should be in good health with no cold, flu, or COVID-19 symptoms. They should eat well before donation, drink fluids, and bring their photo IDs to the centers.