Before You Give Blood

Here are some tips to ensure you have the best possible donation experience:

  • Drink plenty of water (8-10 glasses a day)  
  • Eat healthy meals and pump up your iron by incorporating iron-rich foods into your diet  
  • Sleep well the night before
  • If you are 16 years old, print out this 16 Year Old Permission Slip and bring the completed form with you when you come to donate

  • Eat hearty, low-fat meals with protein and carbohydrates
  • Avoid caffeine and drink plenty of water (8-10 glasses)
  • Wear a short-sleeve shirt, or make sure your sleeves can be easily raised above the elbow
  • Bring a picture ID


  • When you sign in to donate, start drinking a bottle of water. Keep drinking it up to the time of donation
  • Let the Community Blood Center staff know if this is your first time giving blood. Many of our donors have been giving for years, and the staff will take extra care to explain the process if they know this is your first time
  • Let our staff know if you start feeling lightheaded, hot or dizzy
  • If you have any questions, please ask our staff!