Prepping to give blood is a big deal
- EAT - Eat an iron-rich meal before you give blood. Click here for ideas.
- HYDRATE - Drinking 8-10 glasses of fluid 1-2 days before you give will help make veins more visible, help you feel more energized after donation and more.
- Rest - Get a good night's sleep before you donate.
- Avoid aspirin - If you're planning on donating platelets, avoid aspirin products or blood-thinning medications for 2 days before donating blood.
- Provide consent - If you're 16-years-old, we will need consent forms signed by your parents. Click here to download the forms.
- Are you eligible? - If you're not sure if you can give blood, call our eligibility team at (800) 292-5534, ext. 2243, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You can also email us here.
Are you iron ready?
Iron is an important mineral our body uses to produce new red blood cells. We always test the iron levels of every blood donor, before every donation. Low iron (or low hemoglobin level) is the most common reason for temporary deferral. If you are 16 or 17 years old, you can be eligible to receive a voucher for a free 100-day supply of iron supplements. For more information on the iron vouchers or iron-rich meal tips, click here.
How to sponsor a blood drive
- Blood Drive Check List
- Keys to a Successful Blood Drive
- Blood Drive Best Practices
- Donor Requirements/Eligibility
- Consent Form for 16-year-olds English | En Español
- Photo Release Consent Form
For more information on hosting a blood drive at your school, please contact donor recruiting at 210.731.5590.
Learn about Generation Give, a contest for STBTC-area high schools.