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Why Donate?

We am a Red Cross blood donor that won't give up. We tried to give blood when I was 18, but was declined in both my junior and senior high school years. Once we got to college, we was deferred again. The thought of being able to help save three people’s lives every time we go makes me feel like a better person.

Benefits Donate Blood

Benefits of Donating It feels great to donate! You get free juice and delicious Keebler® cookies. It's something you can spare – most people have blood to spare... yet, there is still not enough to go around. You will help ensure blood is on the shelf when needed – most people don't think they'll ever need blood, but many do.

Before Your Donation

Maintain a healthy iron level in your diet by eating iron rich foods, such as red meat, fish, poultry, beans, spinach, iron-fortified cereals and raisins
Drink an extra 16 oz. of water or nonalcoholic fluids before the donation.
Eat a healthy meal before your donation. Avoid fatty foods, such as hamburgers, fries or ice cream before donating. (Fatty foods can affect the tests we do on your blood. If there is too much fat in your blood, your donation cannot be tested for infectious diseases and the blood will not be used for transfusion.)
If you are a platelet donor, remember that your system must be free of aspirin for two days prior to donation.

During Your Donation

Let the person taking your blood know if you have a preferred arm and show them any good veins that have been used successfully in the past to draw blood.
Relax, listen to music, talk to other donors or read during the donation process.
Take the time to enjoy a snack and a drink in the refreshments area immediately after donating.

After Your Donation

Drink an extra four (8 ounce) glasses of liquids and avoid alcohol over the next 24 hours.
Remove the wrap bandage (if you had one put on your arm) within the next hour.
If you experience dizziness or lightheadedness after donation, stop what you are doing and sit down or lie down until you feel better. Avoid performing any activity where fainting may lead to injury for at least 24 hours.
If the needle site starts to bleed, apply pressure to it and raise your arm straight up for about 5-10 minutes or until bleeding stops.
To avoid a skin rash, clean the area around the strip bandage with soap and water.