Past Event

2024 Black History Blood Drive

February 12, 2024
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Faculty House, 64 Morningside Dr., New York, NY 10027 Presidential Ballroom

Columbia University, one of the largest suppliers of blood and blood products in the NYC and metropolitan areas, is once again proud to host our annual Black History Month blood drives in honor of Dr. Charles R. Drew, M.D. (Physicians & Surgeons, ’40) who became the first African American to not only earn a Medical Science doctorate (MSD) from Columbia, but also the first African-American to do so in the United States. He’s been named by the American Chemical Society as “one of the most important scientist of the 20th century”.

During World War II, with wartime casualties mounting, and the need for blood plasma intensifying, Dr. Drew, the leading authority in the field of blood transfusions and preservation techniques, applied his expert knowledge to developing large-scale blood banks that allowed medics to save thousands of lives of the Allied forces. Today, there is an even more acute need for blood to help people who’ve had surgeries, cancer treatments, traumatic injuries, and suffer from severe illnesses.

Register here to donate at one of the drives across our campuses. Walk-ins welcomed.

Donors must make an appointment to schedule a donation. Click here to determine your eligibility to donate, or call NYBC at (800) 933-2566. Visit the FDA website for revised recommendations regarding MSM donors.

The need for blood is great, but so is the opportunity. Let this be an opportunity for you to impact the lives of others. One single pint can save THREE lives! Sponsored by the Office of the President, coordinated through the Office of Government and Community Affairs, in conjunction with our community partner, the New York Blood Center.

Contact Information

Junior Benjamin
(212) 854-3716