Donate Whole Blood

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When blood is collected, it still contains all of the blood components; thus it is called "Whole Blood."  A short 30-minute whole blood donation can help as many as 4 children.

  • Whole blood is the most common type of donation.
  • Donations can be made every 56 days.
  • To ensure a positive donation experience appointments are encouraged.

How do I prepare?

On the day of donation:

  • Make sure you are well hydrated.
  • Make sure you eat a meal prior to donating.
  • Bring a photo ID with you.

BLOOD TYPE % OF THE U.S. POPULATION
O+ 38%
O- 7%
A+ 34%
A- 6%
B+ 9%
B- 2%
AB+ 3%
AB- 1%
DONOR TYPE RECIPIENT TYPE
O+ O+, A+, B+, AB+
O- All types
A+ A+, AB+
A- A+, A-, AB+, AB-
B+ B+, AB+
B- B+, B-, AB+, AB-
AB+ AB+
AB- AB+, AB-
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- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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