I live in the United States. From what I gather, blood and blood product donations are mostly run by the Red Cross (ARC) here. There are, however, smaller local blood banks that do their own donations and drives. I went to one today to give plate-lets.
No, I’m not referring to the notorious practice of running ads requesting donations of mony before the end of the year on various sites (WikipediA comes to mind).
For years I used to donate blood products at a Red Cross place. Now, however I live in a place that is not served by the Red Cross but some independent blood bank. I’ve been avoiding them for a while now, for no real reason, but have no decided I’ll give them a try, even though the nearest one is about an hour away. I’ll try and let you know my result later on today when I get back.