2019 Blood Drive | Downtown
Please register by clicking the link at the bottom of the page.
Why give blood?
Give back by donating blood at our 2019 Blood Drive. According to the American Red Cross, someone in the United States needs blood every two seconds and your donation could help patients of all ages: accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those battling cancer. Fill out the form below to sign-up for a location and someone will contact you with available times shortly.
How to give blood
Information taken from the American Red Cross.
- We’ll sign you in and go over basic eligibility.
- You’ll be asked to show ID, such as your driver’s license.
- You’ll read some information about donating blood.
- We’ll ask you for your complete address. Your address needs to be complete (including PO Box, street/apartment number) and the place where you will receive your mail 8 weeks from donation.
- You’ll answer a few questions about your health history and places you’ve traveled, during a private and confidential interview.
- You’ll tell us about any prescription and/or over the counter medications that may be in your system.
- We’ll check your temperature, pulse, blood pressure and hemoglobin level.
- If you’re donating whole blood, we’ll cleanse an area on your arm and insert a brand new sterile needle for the blood draw. (This feels like a quick pinch and is over in seconds.)
- A whole blood donation takes about 8-10 minutes, during which you’ll be seated comfortably or lying down.
- When approximately a pint of whole blood has been collected, the donation is complete and a staff person will place a bandage on your arm.
Refreshment & Recovery
- After donating blood, you’ll have a snack and something to drink in the refreshment area.
- You’ll leave after 10-15 minutes and continue your normal routine.
How do I know if I’m qualified?
- Donation frequency: Every 56 days*
- You must be in good health and feeling well**
- You must be at least 16 years old in most states
- You must weigh at least 110 lbs
What you need to know beforehand
- Have iron-rich foods, such as red meat, fish, poultry, beans, spinach, iron-fortified cereals or raisins.
- Get a good night’s sleep the night before your donation, eat healthy foods and drink extra liquids.