Community Service Opportunity

Spring Blood Drive

How to Enhance Your Experience

Although you probably know that there are good reasons to give blood, if you haven't donated before, it's normal to be a little nervous. To help ensure that you have a pleasant experience, please read through the suggestions below.

A Quick Overview

If you have never donated blood before, you are probably wondering what you can expect. Although the actual blood draw takes only a few minutes, the entire donation process may take an hour or more.


Registration: Present your photo ID card and read information sheet. (5 mins.)
Health History: Provide basic demographic and health information and mini exam. (15 mins.)
Hydration Station: Drink water or other beverage prior to your donation. (5 mins.)
Donation: Begin process, squeeze ball to keep blood flowing, complete donation. (25 mins.)
Revitalization: Relax with a snack and drink. All Done! You've helped save a life! (10mins.)
After Donation: Avoid strenuous physical activity or heavy lifting for a few hours.

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