can give life to your community by donating at either a Central
near you or by stopping by one of the many mobile blood drives held
every day around the
By donating you help to ensure an adequate supply of blood is
available for your family, friends and neighbors when they need it.
What to Expect:
Blood donation is a simple four-step process.
A photo ID and
Social Security Number are required to register, then you’ll be
asked to verify your name and address.
Mini-Physical and Interview
consists of checking your pulse, blood pressure, temperature and
iron level. In the confidential interview, a trained interviewer
will ask questions about your general health and medical history, as
well as questions concerning risk behaviors, foreign travel and
Your mini-physical and interview are conducted to ensure that giving
blood is healthy for you and that your blood is as safe as possible
for the recipient(s). All information gathered during the physical
and interview is kept strictly confidential.
3. Whole Blood
The collection of
a unit, about one pint, of blood takes about 15 minutes. You may
feel a small pinch when the needle is inserted, but most donors do
not feel any pain for the duration of the donation.
Once a unit has been collected, additional small
tubes of blood will be collected for laboratory tests. All blood
collection equipment is sterile and used only once.
donation, you can enjoy some refreshments to help replenish your
fluids. At this time, you have the option of scheduling your next
donation appointment. After you’re done with relaxing and
refreshments, you can resume your normal daily activities.