How to Donate Blood

Blood is the substance of life and to give benevolently can make you feel more associated with your group and to your general surroundings. It's a satisfying, influential and advancing knowledge to realize that your donation could spare lives. Shockingly, less than 5% of individuals who are qualified to give really do. Envision the lives that could be touched by your blessing. It's a brisk, straightforward and astounding approach to offer over to the group.


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    Determine if you are an eligible donor. The following basic requirements apply, and the blood bank will ask you several questions about your health before drawing any blood. Your answers are confidential, and the questions are to help safeguard the blood supply.
    • Be healthy.
    • Be at least 17 years old (16 with parental permission in some jurisdictions).
    • Weigh at least 110 lbs.
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    Find a local Blood Bank. There are several online sites that to help you find a local place to donate. Some of the best known are:
    • American Association of Blood Banks
    • Red Cross
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    Check out local blood drives for a convenient way to get acquainted with the process of giving blood without long drives to the blood bank.
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    Make giving blood a habit. If you're healthy, you never know when you're going to need blood as accidents, disasters and illness always happens. In the meantime, you will be helping others who are in life threatening situations and need what only a blood donor can give.


  • Eat foods rich in iron several days prior to your donation. Your hemoglobin level must be 12.5 or higher to be able to donate blood and this can be achieved through eating foods like beef, seafood, and eggs.
  • If deciding to give blood, make sure you are well hydrated the day of donation. Being dehydrated can make it hard to find a vein, lower your blood pressure, and make you more prone to passing out or experiencing other adverse reactions after donating.
  • If medical conditions preclude you from giving blood, volunteer elsewhere.
  • A blood bank may need someone to man the snack table or walk with someone who just donated blood to make sure their blood sugar stays up, and that they do not leave feeling lightheaded. It's a simple and small thing to do, but invaluable to the medical personnel involved to have such assistance.

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