Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Question:
Why does the American Red Cross ask for your Social Security number when you donate blood?Answer:
The American Red Cross says you don't have to give them the number but it is one of the preferred unique identifiers used to search and locate donors in the organization's database.
This is because donors change many things over the years like names and addresses but they do not change their Social Security numbers.
The Red Cross says your Social Security number is not used for any other reason than to identify a specific donor and all information provided during a blood donation is kept strictly confidential.Have a question for the Your Stories team? Give us a call at (315) 446-9900 or email YourStories@9wsyr.com.