While the majority of the population is eligible to donate blood, less than four percent does in a given year. Find out if you’re eligible.
Donating blood is completely safe. Sterile, disposable needles and supplies are used once and are safely discarded after each donation. You cannot get HIV/AIDS or any other disease by donating blood.
The vast majority of people feel fine after giving blood however it’s always important to eat a well-balanced meal before donating and to be well-hydrated. It also helps to eat an iron-rich diet, especially in the days preceding your donation. You can find a list of iron-rich foods here.
You can donate blood at a one of our 7 centers or at a mobile blood drive. Find a center or blood drive near you.
While BCP encourages you to schedule an appointment to make the best use of donor and staff time and donation equipment and resources, we do our best to accommodate everyone so we do accept walk-in donors without an appointment. Wait times could be longer for walk-in donors as we accommodate those donors who have a scheduled appointment first.
The entire process takes about one hour and 15 minutes; the actual donation of a pint of whole blood unit takes eight to 10 minutes. However, the time varies slightly with each person depending on several factors including the donor’s health history and attendance at the blood drive.
Most people can donate whole blood five times a year.
BCP is fully committed to remaining a volunteer donor supported organization and does not pay for blood donations because studies have shown that volunteer donors provide a safer blood supply. Additionally, the FDA regulates the labeling of blood components for transfusion purposes to indicate whether the product came from a volunteer or a paid donor.
Donating blood is safe, simple and it saves lives! First, you’ll register to donate using a photo ID, then you’ll fill out a questionnaire about your medical history. After that, a nurse will check your iron level, temperature and blood pressure to make sure it’s safe for you to donate. Then, you’ll be escorted to one of our comfy donor “beds” where your arm will be cleaned. Your blood will be drawn into a sterile, one-time-use bag. The entire process takes about one hour and 15 minutes; the actual donation of a pint of whole blood unit takes eight to 10 minutes. However, the time varies slightly with each person depending on several factors including the donor’s health history and attendance at the blood drive. When your donation is complete, we’ll ask you to relax in our “donor canteen” for at least 15 minutes and enjoy some refreshments like juice and light snacks. The entire process usually takes about an hour. And that’s it! You’re a hero!
BCP provides blood donations to 50 hospitals throughout Northern California, where it is used in a variety of lifesaving medical procedures and treatments including organ transplantation, open-heart surgeries, to help new mothers and their newborns, those undergoing chemotherapy and much, much more. Your single blood donation can save and enhance the lives of up to three patients!
Be sure to eat a healthy, low-fat meal within the four hours prior to your donation. Drink plenty of non-caffeinated fluids both before and after you donate.
Visit our Donating Blood Step-by-Step section to learn about making your first blood donation.
Absolutely! There are several ways you can support BCP. You can host a blood drive, make a financial contribution or sign up to volunteer at one of our centers or drives. Your support is greatly needed.
Because we can process your whole blood donation into multiple blood components, your single blood donation can save and enhance the lives of up to three patients. Read stories of those whose lives have been saved by blood donation.
The need for blood is constant and BCP needs more than 500 donors every day to meet the needs of our community. In fact, because not enough people donate blood, BCP must import 20 percent of its supply from outside the state. Everyday, there are patients like kids with cancer or accident victims requiring blood transfusions. All blood types are needed, including the most common blood types.
An automated donation allows BCP to manage our community blood supply by collecting specific blood components, such as platelets and/or plasma, from our donors. Automated donation is a preferred method of donation for donors with A+, B+, AB+ and AB- blood types. Learn more about plasma and platelet donation.
Once you’ve given blood, it’s sent to our state-of-the-art laboratory for typing and testing. It is then distributed to hospitals to patients in need.
Yes. Blood Centers of the Pacific is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization