I recently had my second experience donating blood to the American Red Cross. The process was so easy I wanted to share my experience and maybe inspire you to find a donor site near you.
Whole blood is the most flexible type of donation, and most popular. It can be transfused in its original form, or used to help multiple people when separated into specific components of red blood cells, plasma, and platelets. Everyday, whole blood donations help save the lives of children and adults fighting to survive cancer, blood disorders, traumatic injuries and much more.
What is “Whole Blood”?
“Whole Blood” is the blood that flows through your veins. It contains red cells, white cells and platelets suspended in plasma.
Requirements to Donate:
- You can donate every 56 days.
- Must be in good health and feel well.
- Must be at least 16 years old in most states.
- Must weigh at least 110lbs.
- From start to finish takes about an hour.
You can visit www.redcross.org to find a location site and to make an appointment.
I scheduled my appointment a few weeks out and received a reminder call the day of my appointment. I would recommend drinking a good amount of water before hand. It will keep you hydrated and help your veins during the donation time. The staff was exceptionally kind and chatted with me to make the time pass very quickly and explained everything they were about to do. It really is a small thing that can make a huge difference in the lives of many people. I challenge you to schedule your appointment today!