Here’s How It Works
First time donors will be asked to donate a very small tube (around 10 mL) of blood. We screen this test sample for viruses such as HIV 1 and 2, hepatitis B and C and syphilis. You will be paid $20.00 for this donation.
Once we determine that there is no evidence of these viruses in your blood system you will become a viable blood donor we will add you to our donor list. If you do show any evidence of the above viruses, we will call you and recommend that you see your doctor.
Once you are on our blood donor list, you will be called from time to time and asked if you would like to donate. If you’re available, we will schedule an appointment for you to come in and we will draw a unit of blood (a unit of blood is approximately one pint of blood). Before you leave we will write you a check for $50.00 as a thank you for your time and your donation.
If for any reason you can’t make your appointment, please call as soon as possible.
First Time Donor FAQ’s
How Does the Blood Donation Process Work?
Donating blood is a very simple thing to do, but it makes a big difference in the lives of others. The donation process from the time you arrive until the time you leave takes about an hour. The donation itself is only about 8-10 minutes.
These are the five steps in the process:
- Before Your Donation
Make sure you have a light meal and plenty of non-alcoholic fluids prior to your donation. Don’t forget your driver’s license and bring a list of any medications you are currently taking.
You will be asked to complete a donor registration card which includes information such as your name, address and phone number. You will also be asked to show a driver license or two other forms of ID.
- Health History
During a confidential interview you will be asked some questions about your health history and places you have travelled. Your temperature, hemoglobin, blood pressure and pulse will be checked.
We will cleanse an area on your arm and insert a brand-new, sterile needle for the blood draw. You will feel a quick pinch, but it is over in seconds.
Afterwards, you will spend a few minutes enjoying refreshments to allow your body time to adjust to the decrease in fluids. After 10-15 minutes you’ll be able to leave the donation site and continue with your normal daily activities. However, for the next 24 hours, you will want to make sure to drink lots of fluids, avoid alcohol and refrain from any heavy exercise.