Honoring Black History Month

During the month of February, we celebrate Black History Month. African Americans have a long, distinguished history in the American Red Cross. Gwendolyn T. Jackson was the first African American […]

Exciting Publicity On Portland Blood Donation

The latest edition of The Portland Observer came out yesterday…and it featured two Red Cross articles! The first is a cover story on the critical need for blood donation through […]

Charles Drew Blood Drive

On Saturday, June 12, the Portland Red Cross hosted the Charles Drew Blood Drive. It was a huge success, not just for bringing in blood donations, but for strengthening our […]

Dr. Charles Drew: Blood Banking Pioneer

Dr. Charles Drew (1904-1950), an African American blood specialist, surgeon, educator and scientist, was the first medical director of the first American Red Cross blood bank. Dr. Drew laid the […]