UPDATE - Recent changes to donor eligibility criteria will permit donations by many donors previously deferred due to exposure Variant Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease (vCJD or Mad Cow Disease). Questions about this change? Please fill out the deferral/eligibility inquiry form.

Click here for our response to the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19) including information from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on blood donation being permitted during Stay at Home directives. Click here for care provider and self-referrals for convalescent plasma donors for those that had a positive molecular test (also called PCR or polymerase chain reaction) and are fully recovered from COVID-19.  Email or call 833-610-1025 with questions.

The Basics of Donating Blood

graphic illustrating requirements of giving blood

Donor Eligibility   Parental Consent Form  Consent Form (Spanish)


Before

Get eight hours of sleep 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 two 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 in conjunction with list of dates of birth from the school) to present at your donation. If you are 16 years old, remember to get your parental consent form signed. (Consent Form - Spanish)

During

First you’ll be asked to show a photo ID, verify information and provide signed consent form (if needed). Then it's on to a min physical, where our team will check your temperature, blood pressure, pulse and hemoglobin. Next, you’ll complete the confidential health questionnaire. Last (but most important!), it’s donation time! The actual donation takes less than 10 minutes! In total, you can expect to spend 45-60 min at the blood drive. If you have any questions throughout the process, ask a blood center staff member... we’re here to help!

After

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!

Build up your iron for your next donation

As part of a wellness initiative, the blood center encourages donors to consider taking iron supplements (18-38 mg of ferrous gluconate) daily for eight weeks to help replace the iron lost in a whole blood donation. It is available over the counter and in multivitamins with iron (read the label). This amount has no more side effects than a sugar pill.

Strive for an IMPACT Award

Formerly known as the Gallon Grad program, our Donor for Life IMPACT Award now includes additional options for achieving this recognition at graduation. You can refer donors and host your own blood drive along with donating personally! 

checklist for donating blood