To get ready for your donation:
Make an Appointment
It always helps us to know in advance when you are coming in to make a donation.
Be sure to drink plenty of fluids on the day of your donation.
Wear Something Comfortable
Wear clothing with sleeves that can easily be rolled up above the elbow.
Maintain a Healthy Level of Iron in Your Diet Before Donating
If possible, include iron-rich foods in your diet, especially in the weeks before your donation.
Bring a List of Medications You Are Taking
We will need to know about any prescription and/or over the counter medications that may be in your system.
Bring an ID
Please bring either your donor card, driver's license or two other forms of identification.
Bring a Friend
Bring along a friend, so that you may both enjoy the benefits of giving blood.
Blood donation is a simple and very safe procedure so there is nothing to worry about.
The Donation Process Step by Step
Donating blood is a simple thing to do, but it can make a big difference in the lives of others. The donation process from the time you arrive until the time you leave takes about an hour. The donation itself is only about 8-10 minutes on average. The steps in the process are:
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|Here is what to do after your donation:
Hydrate MoreYou should continue to drink water throughout the day of your donation.
Avoid Heavy Lifting or ExerciseTry not to exert yourself too much for the rest of the day.
Accept Our Most Sincere Thank You!Also accept the thanks of people whose lives were changed by blood donations.
Connect with Other Donors!Visit our Blood Donor Community and Share Your Story about why you donate.
Enjoy the feeling of knowing that you helped save lives!