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What Do I Need to Know?

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In general, blood donors must...

  • Be in general good health.
  • Be at least 17 years old in most states (in some states 16 years old with parental consent).
  • Weigh at least 110 pounds.
  • Have not donated blood in the last 56 days.

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Are you ready to make a difference?

Here are some things you should know:

  • Blood donation is a safe and simple procedure, and gives you the great feeling of having saved up to 3 lives
  • The whole process takes around an hour, but the actual donation only takes about 8-10 minutes
  • Drink plenty of water so you’re hydrated before donating.  
  • Have a healthy meal before you donate – and try to avoid fatty foods. 
  • Wear clothing with sleeves that can be raised above the elbow.
  • Bring a valid form of identification with you (driver’s license or another form of ID that verifies your age) – we need this or your donor card each time you donate.
  • If you live in a state that allows you to donate at 16, bring your signed parental consent form with you to your appointment.
  • If you are taking any medication, bring a list of those with you.

Find out what happens during the donation process »

Contact us for more information about who is eligible to donate »