Press Release

YMCA Hosts Blood Drive in Partnership With the American Red Cross

Donate in Alexandria Oct. 7 and Dec. 9


ALEXANDRIA, VA – A dire blood shortage continues across the U.S. It is the worst blood supply shortage in over a decade, according to the American Red Cross. The YMCA of Metropolitan Washington is partnering with the American Red Cross in holding blood drives throughout the region. The YMCA Metropolitan Washington has branches and program centers in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia.

“We encourage everyone who is healthy to sign up to give blood,” said Angie Reese-Hawkins, president and CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington. “The blood shortage is risking the lives of all of us.”  The YMCA has a 170-year history of stepping up to help in the communities it serves.

The dates and times for the blood drives are as follows:

Friday, September 23, Thursday, October 20 and Thursday, November 10 and Thursday, December 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the YMCA Anthony Bowen, Conference Room 2, 1325 W Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009

Friday, October 7 and Friday, December 9 from noon to 6 p.m. at the YMCA Alexandria, 420 East Monroe Ave., Alexandria, Va. 22301

Friday, December 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. YMCA Fairfax County Reston, 12196 Sunset Hills Rd., Reston, Va. 20190.

Potential donors may sign up online here, or ​ For more information on the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington, visit

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About the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington
The YMCA of Metropolitan Washington is a not for profit 501(c)3 charity organization that has been serving the communities and families of Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia in the areas of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility for nearly 170 years. Through opportunities in wellness, aquatics, youth sports, summer camps, childcare and more, the Y engages more than 250,000 individuals and families. Visit for more information.

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