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Celebrate Comic-Con® International’s 45th Robert A. Heinlein Blood Drive, Get T-shirt and Retro Pins

The Comic-Con® Robert A. Heinlein Blood Drive returns for its 45th year in 2021 with a 38-day blood drive alongside Comic-Con@home.

This annual drive is San Diego Blood Bank’s largest and longest-running blood drive. Last year more than 8,872 pints of blood were collected over the 26-day blood drive, Comic-Con's biggest year yet.   

The consistent growth of this blood drive over the years has been absolutely phenomenal and is thanks to Comic-Con fans from all over the world. The Robert A. Heinlein Blood Drive began at San Diego Comic-Con back in 1977. That first year, 148 pints of blood were collected, and as the convention has grown, so has the blood drive. 

Over the past 44 years 34,822 pints of lifesaving blood have been donated by Comic-Con attendees, exhibitors, pros, volunteers, and staff! These donations have impacted more than 104,000 lives over the course of those 44 years 

Please join us for the 45th Robert A. Heinlein Blood Drive July 26 - August 29. Donate at any SDBB location or community blood drive to show your support. Donors receive a limited-edition Marvel Black Widow T-shirt and Comic-Con retro pins (sizes subject to availability and while supplies last)

Your donations are desperately needed as there is a national blood shortage. Suit up for the community and donate blood! Every blood donation has the potential to save up to 3 lives. 

To be eligible to donate blood you must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 114 pounds and be in general good health. Donate at one of 8 local donation locationsfind a blood drive near you or call (619) 400-8251. Appointments are strongly encouraged. 

For information on COVID-19 and blood donation, including restrictions related to symptoms, exposure, vaccinations, travel and mask updates, visit: www.sandiegobloodbank.org/covid19.