What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the ones you love than by coming together to support the American Red Cross?! We have a few suggestions to help you share the love on this special holiday…

Plan a Special Date: Donate Blood!

Do you want to do something truly memorable with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day? Make a date to donate blood together!

The American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood and platelet donors to give now to help ensure lifesaving patient care isn’t impacted this winter. As Valentine’s Day approaches, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of most blood types, and blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in. Snow storms and frigid weather in parts of the country have prolonged the shortfall in donations, straining the blood supply.

Blood and platelets are needed every day for accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. A single blood donation could save up to three lives. What a way for you and your valentine to share your love with others!

Find a blood drive near you and schedule your appointments together at redcrossblood.org.

Keep Your Relationship Alive: Learn CPR!

When it comes to sudden cardiac arrest, time is of the essence. If you have the training to respond in an emergency, you could save a life! Imagine how good you’ll feel when you’re prepared to save someone – whether it’s your sweetheart or a complete stranger – once you’ve learned how to perform CPR!

Visit redcross.org/takeaclass to browse Red Cross training options designed to fit your schedule.

Share the Love: Volunteer!

Volunteers are the heart of the American Red Cross, and we’d love to have you (and your valentine) join us! Whether you’re helping one displaced family or thousands, providing care and comfort to a service member or veteran in crisis, or teaching others how to respond to emergencies, ordinary people like you empower the Red Cross to do extraordinary things! What better way to show your love this Valentine’s Day than to give a piece of your heart to someone in need?

Visit redcross.org/volunteer to find a wide array of opportunities to serve in your community.

Give from the Heart: Make a Donation!

In addition to donating blood, you can also show your love and concern for others by making a monetary donation in your Valentine’s name. Red Cross donors allow us to fulfill our mission 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We can’t do it without your support! Visit redcross.org/donate to give now.