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Youth: Handling Objections

First time blood donors often have some apprehension about making a donation. The information below can help you to address their concerns.

Common Objections

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I am afraid of needles.

  • Listen and acknowledge

    Many people are nervous about donating blood for the first time. Knowing what to expact may help you prepare.

  • Give reassurance

    Most donors agree that giving blood is not painful. Also, draw upon your own experiences or what you have learned from your local Red Cross representative.

  • Ask for the pledge

    It’s worth it when you realize that you’re helping to save lives. What time works best for you?

I am afraid of getting AIDS or some other disease.

  • Reassure them that it is safe to donate blood

    I understand. Other people have had that fear. It is impossible to get any disease by giving blood. The needle is sterile and used only once for your donation. Then it’s discarded. Blood donation is a safe process and your donation will help ensure that blood is available when someone needs it.

  • Ask for the pledge

    Would morning or afternoon work better for you? Or which two times during the day would be best for you?

I don’t have blood to spare.

  • The average adult has about 10-12 pints in his/her body

    When you donate, you give slightly less than a pint of blood. Your body makes new blood continuously. After donating, most people go about their usual activities. There is no substitute for human blood. This is why your donation is so important.

I was turned down before.

  • Sometimes people are deferred (turned down) but most deferrals are temporary

    Each donor is given a mini-physical and answers questions that assure it is safe for the donor to give and for the patient to receive their blood.

I already gave this year.

  • The need is constant

    That’s great! Did you know that you can donate whole blood every 56 days? If you choose to give double red cells, you’re eligible every 112 days.

I am on a sports team.

  • Athletes can donate as regularly as anyone else

    A few precautions are necessary. Atheletes should not compete right after the donation.  It is best to avoid strenuous activity for 12 hours after donating. Give your body a day to replace the volume you donated. Drink a few extra glasses of water after your donation. Please consult with your coach to ensure it is appropriate for you to donate on the day of the blood drive.

I am not eligible as a blood donor.

  • Often, eligibility changes and someone who was once ineligible, can now donate

    Are you sure? The eligibility rules change sometimes. Perhaps I could schedule you to donate and you can discuss your eligibility with the American Red Cross staff when you come.

    If you are certain that you cannot donate, would you be able to help with the drive in other ways? You could help recruit donors, publicize the drive or assist on the day of the drive.