How to Donate

Feel Prepared. Give Blood. Although all blood types are needed, those with O Negative type blood are especially encouraged to donate.

Can I Donate

Most people can donate blood, assuming they’re feeling well. People with many health conditions – like diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol – can still donate blood if their condition is well managed.

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Get Ready for Your Donation

The key to a successful donation is preparation. Below are a few steps you can take to make your donation as easy as possible.

  • In the days leading up to your donation, eat iron-rich foods like beef, nuts, whole grains and leafy greens.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids.
  • On the day of your donation, make sure to eat a meal before you give.
  • Wear short sleeves or a shirt where your inner elbow is accessible.

Schedule A Donation

What to Expect

  • Medical Screening

    Before you can donate, we’ll ask some questions to make sure you can do so safely. These questions – which can be answered in advance on the same day of your donation through Donor Express – will examine your health history, behaviors and recent travel, which could affect the safety of your blood. We’ll also check your temperature, pulse, blood pressure and hemoglobin level before clearing you to donate.

  • Donation

    Once we know that it’s safe for you to give, it’s time for the donation itself. We will need access to your inner elbow area, which we’ll clean and then use a small needle to begin the donation. The actual blood donation takes about 15-20 minutes.

  • Canteen

    After you donate, we’ll ask you to spend 10-15 minutes in the canteen area, enjoying free snacks and drinks. This time will ensure you’re feeling well after your donation. In total, the full experience will take about an hour, from start to finish.


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