Did you know?
Approximately 38% of the national population is eligible to donate, but annually less than 10% actually does. If all eligible blood donors donated blood at least twice a year, Central Blood Bank would be self-sufficient. Each year, 4.5 million Americans would die without blood transfusions. Every two seconds someone needs blood.
Want to help save a life?
January is National Blood Donor Month and we’re partnering with the Central Blood Bank on Monday, January 30th, 2017. Start your New Year right by making a donation.
Interested in helping out more? If you’re between the ages of 18-44, you’ll have the opportunity to join Be The Match, the national registry for bone marrow donors, by completing additional paperwork.
Monday, January 30, 2017
Nova Place Concourse – Plaza Level
Follow the signs and enter through Alloy 26.
100 S Commons, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
How do I prepare prior to donating?
- Ensure you meet the eligibility requirements to donate blood.
- Although Walk-Ins are welcome, making an appointment helps make your donation experience faster and more convenient. Search with group code T160 or contact Terri at Central Blood Bank.
- When donating at a mobile location, review the schedule on My Personal Donation History to ensure that it has not been cancelled or rescheduled.
- If possible for your location, take the health history questionnaire and print your DonorPass starting at 12:01 a.m. on the date of your donation. (Click here for more details on DonorPass, including locations where it is accepted.)
- Get eight hours of sleep the night before donating.
What should I eat?
- Eat a healthy meal (low-fat and iron-rich foods) at least two hours before donating (See below for more details.)
- Drink plenty of non-caffeinated beverages in the days leading up to donation.
- Ensure you follow a healthy diet every day, not just the day of your donation!
Things to AVOID prior to donating:
- Do not smoke for at least one hour prior to donation.
- Do not chew gum, mints or candy immediately before or during your donation.
- Avoid exercise / strenuous activity before and immediately after donating.
- IF you are donating platelets, DO NOT take aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for at least 48 hours before your donation.
Do I need to bring anything with me to my donation?
- One of the following forms of ID: Central Blood Bank donor ID card, military ID, driver’s license, passport, birth certificate with accompanying photo ID, employee or student ID with full name and photo.
- List of medications you are taking.
- List of places visited outside of the U.S. in the past three years.
- A friend to donate with you!
Making the decision to donate blood can help save lives, but not everyone is eligible to donate blood. If you are deferred from donating, you can still be a Blood Donation Ambassador and share the need!