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Why Donate Blood?

Blood Donor   You don’t need a special reason to give blood.
You just need your own reason.
  • Some of us give blood because we were asked by a friend.
  • Some know that a family member or a friend might need blood some day.
  • Some believe it is the right thing we do.

Whatever your reason, the need is constant and your contribution is important for a healthy and reliable blood supply.  And  you’ll feel good knowing you've helped change a life.


Some Health Benefits

You will receive a mini physical to check your:

  • Pulse
  • Blood pressure
  • Body temperature
  • Hemoglobin


What Can You Expect?

Come prepared.

  • Have a light meal and plenty to drink.
  • Bring your donor card, driver's license or two other forms of identification.
  • Bring the names of medications you are taking.

The Actual Donation Process:

Step 1

 

Step 2

Registration Mini-Physical
Step 1: Registration Step2: Mini Physical

Our staff and volunteers will sign you in and go over basic eligibility and donation information.

You will read information about donating blood, and will be asked to show a donor card, driver's license, or other form(s) of ID.

You will answer some questions during a private and confidential interview about your health history and places you have traveled.

We will check your temperature, pulse, blood pressure and hemoglobin level present in a sample of blood.


Step 3

 

Step 4

The Donation Refreshment
Step 3: Donation Step 4: Refreshment

The actual donation takes about 8-10 minutes, during which you will be seated comfortably. The process is safe and sterile. Red Cross staff and volunteers will be available if you have any questions.

Certain donation types, such as platelets, red cells or plasma, can take up to two hours.

After donating, you should have a snack and something to drink in the refreshments area. You can leave the site after 10-15 minutes and continue with your normal daily activities.

Enjoy the feeling of accomplishment knowing that you have helped save lives.