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Donating 101

 

  Blood donation is an integral part of the health and well being of the community. The need is constant, and there is no substitute for volunteer blood donations.

Every 2 seconds, someone needs a blood transfusion. And, each donation can help save up to three lives. Read below to learn more about donating.

 Tips for a Successful Donation

  • Drink plenty of water so you are well-hydrated before donating.  
  • Bring a donor card, driver's license or two other forms of ID with you to verify your age.
  • Have a healthy meal before you donate and try to avoid fatty foods. 
  • Wear clothing with sleeves that can be raised above the elbow.
  • If you are taking any medications, bring a list of those with you.
  • If you are 16-years-old, you may be able to donate with written parental consent. Find the form for your state.
  • If you are not feeling well on the day of your donation, please contact us to reschedule your appointment.

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