There is no substitute for blood.

About 4.5 million Americans would die each year without life-saving blood transfusions.

Many donors donate as a simple way of giving back to the community or in memory of someone they’ve lost. On a national level, the number one reason donors give blood is because they “want to help others.” Quite simply, they want to do good for the sake of doing good. Chances are, they’ll never meet or hear about the person they helped. They are true altruists.

About 1 out of every 7 people that enter a hospital will need blood. Since we are a community blood bank, your blood donation might very well save the life of that ONE PERSON, who is part of our community and who most definitely means something to someone right here in Western New York. It’s altruism with a touch of Buffalo’s Brotherly Love.

To show our appreciation for their generosity, we offer our donors other perks throughout the year:

  • Through the Donor Rewards Program, donors receive points redeemable for unique items through our Rewards Store.
  • ConnectLife Champions donors get to visit sports venues like New Era Field or KeyBank Center and have first access to unique experiences, like meeting players.
  • Donors may also receive discounts or coupons for food and merchandise from WNY businesses.

Make your next appointment to donate blood, access your profile, and see your donation history at