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Tips for a Good Donation Experience

Before Donating

  • Get a good sleep the day before you have to donate blood
  • Have a good breakfast or lunch
  • Drink extra water and fluids to replace the volume you will donate (avoid tea, coffee, or other beverages with caffeine)
  • Eat iron-rich foods - red meat, fish, poultry or liver, beans, iron-fortified cereals, raisins and prunes

During the Donation

  • Wear clothing with sleeves that can be raised above the elbow
  • Show the staff any "good veins" that have been used successfully in the past to draw blood
  • Rehydrate yourself by drinking plenty of fluids over the next 24-48 hours
  • Avoid strenuous physical activity or heavy lifting for about five hours after donation
  • If you feel light headed, lie down, preferably with feet elevated, until the feeling passes
  • If for any reason, something doesn't feel right, call us after donation

Enjoy the good feeling that comes with knowing that you may have saved as many as three lives.


  • Donating blood may reduce the risk of heart disease for men and stimulate the generation of red blood cells.
  • The amount of toxic chemicals (e.g. mercury, pesticides, fire retardants) circulating in the blood stream is reduced by the amount contained in given blood.
  • The good news is you can give blood again and again to help save more lives!
  • If you're a regular blood donor, you can give blood once in 12 weeks.