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First-Time Blood Donors
There are different reasons people decide to give blood, all of them important. In fact, in the time it takes you to read this, someone in the U.S. needs blood – EVERY 2 SECONDS of every day a patient receives a blood or platelet transfusion. And that blood can only come from volunteer donors like you.
Whatever your motivation, when you donate blood you are giving hope to hospital patients – and their family and friends. You’re making sure a child doesn’t grow up without a parent, a husband doesn’t become a widower, a young woman’s father can walk her down the aisle at her wedding, and many more.
Sunnie started donating platelets because two dear friends were diagnosed with cancer. Read more
Howard was asked to donate at his workplace’s blood drive, and decided that helping others was the right thing to do. Read more
Blood donors saved Taylor’s life, so Taylor began donating to pay it forward. Read more
Did you know that when you give blood, there are benefits for you, too? We conduct a pre-donation screening
that ensures your safety and the safety of the blood supply for patients – and as a bonus, provides
you with valuable health information
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As a first-time donor, you probably have some questions about the process, what to expect, how to prepare and what we mean by types of donation. The links below can answer your questions.
Blood Donation Process
Types of Donations
In general, you can donate blood if you:
Basic Eligibility Requirements
Additional Eligibility Requirements
Our Vitalant blog is a great resource if you want to take a deeper dive into blood donation basics, blood types,
donation myths and more, plus read inspiring stories about blood donors and recipients.
and Blood Donation
Debunking Blood Donation Myths
If you have questions or concerns not addressed here, please call
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Then, use any donate button to schedule an appointment.