Donate Blood

As the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak continues, blood centers throughout the U.S. have seen a significant drop in donations, which is hindering the ability to replenish lifesaving blood supplies.

To donate, you can start by finding a nearby blood center at Advancing Transfusion and Cellular Therapies Worldwide (AABB). Sacramento-area residents can donate blood through Vitalant by making an appointment online or calling 877-25-VITAL. The American Red Cross is holding community blood drives throughout the greater-Sacramento area. To find a blood drive near you, visit the American Red Cross online.

Blood centers encourage donors to make appointments in advance so staff can prepare and ensure there is adequate space for social distancing. Trips to blood donation sites are generally permissible even in areas with “shelter in place” directives, as they are deemed medically necessary.

The coronavirus does not pose any known risk to blood donors during the donation process, according to AABB, a national organization advancing transfusions and cellular therapies. In addition, the Food and Drug Administration has reiterated that there have been no reported or suspected cases of transfusion-transmitted coronavirus.

Donate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Supplies

UC Davis Health is accepting donations of new and unused critical care supplies for our providers, including personal protective equipment (PPE).

  • Masks (N95, surgical, and procedure)
  • Disposable gloves
  • Disinfecting wipes such as Clorox or Sani-cloth wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Face shields
  • Goggles and eye shields
  • Isolation or surgical gowns
  • CAPR/PAPR machines and disposables
  • Flocked swabs

We are not currently in need of homemade masks, but your donations will be gratefully accepted for possible future use. Homemade masks instructions

Below are the ways to donate PPE and other supplies:


PPE donations by mail:

UC Davis Medical Center
Central Receiving
7301 14th Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95820
Attention: Danielle Wilkerson

PPE donations in person:

UC Davis Medical Center
Central Receiving
7301 14th Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95820
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

If you have questions about our PPE donation process, please email covid19supplies@ucdavis.edu.

If you are unable to mail or drop off donations using the information above, UC Davis School of Medicine student volunteers may be able to help. Contact them via email to request for medical students to pick up your donation.

Donate Financially

UC Davis Health is working to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and address the needs of our community. Your gift will allow us to expand diagnostic and testing capacity, fund extended staff support, provide benefits for health care providers working directly on the crisis, and support students who are financially impacted by this hardship. We thank you for your support.

Community thanks our health care professionals

UC Davis Health, our community and the nation thanks our health care professionals for all they do for our patients. We want to share the many products and services that businesses and community organizations are generously offering in appreciation for their hard work.

Local gratitude during COVID-19

Thank you to our communities for the wonderful donations that keep our health care professionals nourished and healthy!

BodyArmor: The premium sports drink company is donating 1,200 drinks to UC Davis Health employees.

Plan: Over the week of March 30, we will surprise employees by dropping off drinks at break rooms of various units, physician lounges, resident rooms, etc.

Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters: The multi-award winning Sacramento coffee roaster will be donating coffee.

Plan: Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters will be donating 12 boxes of their award-winning coffee blend.

Crest: Crest Cafe is a proud women-owned business for over 9 years located on K street. This Mediterranean restaurant offers halal and fresh farm-to-fork ingredients on their popular vegetarian and meat-based menu.

Plan: They have generously offered to deliver 50+ meals to healthcare workers beginning on April 14th.

Faria Bakery: Led by head baker Chris B., Faria Bakery sees bread and pastry as more than a vehicle for other foods; it’s a way to build community, try new flavors, and bring more whole-grain, healthy foods to the community.

Plan: Faria Bakery will donate, on a weekly basis, 50 to 75 servings of bread, ciabatta rolls, and pasta for UC Davis Health staff. Each week, UC Davis Health leadership will randomly surprise a unit or department by dropping off Faria’s Bakery goods to their areas.

Gaspachos: Gaspachos provide a wide range of custom, healthy, vegan/vegetarian, fruit combinations to fit your every need. All items are prepared fresh every day.

Plan: Gaaspachos will be donating 30 fresh mangonadas to our healthcare team on April 7th.

Re:Think Ice Cream: The healthier ice cream that actually tastes good is donating hundreds of single serve cups to UC Davis Health employees. Re:THINK Ice Cream is diabetic and keto-friendly, all-natural and gluten-free with no sugar alcohol.

Plan: Re:THINK Ice Cream, based in Napa, will be donating as an on-going effort to support our healthcare workers.

Vibe Health Bar: Vibe Health Bar's passion is to help busy people achieve vibrant health and wellbeing by consuming the highest quality foods and beverages made from the freshest organic produce and non-GMO ingredients.

Plan: Vibe has set up a GoFundMe page to provide box lunches, smoothies and cold pressed juices to our healthcare staff beginning April 9th.

National gratitude during COVID-19

Crocs: Complimentary pair of shoes (with free shipping) to all health care workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Headspace: Free access to Headspace Plus (a meditation app) for all health care professionals.

Krispy Kreme: Complimentary dozen donuts every Monday (from March 30 to May 12) at all drive-through locations, by presenting UC Davis Health badge.

Speeko: Complimentary mobile app download through end of 2020. Speeko is a mobile app that coaches you on how to improve your public speaking skills. The company believes that public speaking skills can transform lives.

Starbucks: Complimentary tall hot or iced coffee for all health care workers at all open locations, through May 3.

If you or anyone in your community is interested in supporting our staff, please reach out to us at hs-thankucdhstaff@ucdavis.edu. Thank you for your generosity!