We want you to feel great when you donate. And we understand a lot of new donors aren't sure what to expect when giving blood. We developed these educational tools to help you prepare to give blood and learn what to expect at your high school blood drive.
Donor Eligibility | Parental Consent Form | Spanish version
Get as close to 8 hrs of sleep as you can and eat a hearty (eggs, meat, leafy greens, fruit) evening and morning meal. To help stabilize your blood pressure, drink lots of water (and minimize caffeine). Your body will lose about 2 cups of fluid during donation so being fully hydrated is important. Bring your photo ID (school ID, state issued ID, driver’s license or yearbook photo accepted) to present at your donation. If you are 16 years old, remember to get your parental consent form signed. (Consent Form - Spanish)
Enjoy some refreshments and relax while you hang out for about 10 minutes! Keep hydrating the rest of the day and limit exercise and physical activity. You just helped save lives...you deserve a break!
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