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 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.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

We are no longer taking PPE donations, but we encourage you to donate to other health care providers that may need additional PPE, like the VA Northern California Health Care System.

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!

Blue Diamond Almonds: The Sacramento-based company is donating 1,200 1 oz. samples of almonds that will be distributed over the next few weeks.

C4 Energy Drink: The company is donating 7,680 cans of XTEND (hydration and recovery drink with zero sugar, zero carbs) that will be distributed over the next few weeks.

Clinique: Clinique is donating 600 moisturizers that will be distributed over the next few weeks.

Creative Commerce: Creative Commerce is donating 3,000 face balms that will be distributed over the next few weeks.

Go Macro: The nutrition bar company is donating 144 MacroBars that will be distributed over the next few weeks

Ito En: The Japanese drink company is donating 1,200 bottles of green tea that will be distributed over the next few weeks.

Peets Coffee: Peets is donating 132 pounds of coffee that will be distributed over the next few weeks.

PepsiCo: Pepsi is donating 4,800 waters that will be distributed over the next few weeks.

Starbucks: Starbucks is donating 27 pounds of coffee that will be distributed over the next few weeks.

Wise Wellness Guild/The Sample Guy: Wise Wellness Guide and The Sample Guy have teamed up to donate over 10,000 bags of Cheez-It crackers.

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.

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.

Check here for additional freebies and discounts for frontline medical workers.

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!