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Healthy individuals 16 years or older and weighing at least 110 pounds are eligible to donate blood. 16 year olds must weigh at least 130 pounds and have signed parental consent. Most people realize soon after their first donation experience that donating blood is easy and painless. Moreover, donating blood is completely safe. Eligible donors are encouraged to visit any one of TBC's donor center locations or call TBC to book a mobile blood drive.
Specific eligibility criteria is based on FDA regulations, and changes periodically. When you come in to donate, our highly-trained staff will conduct a detailed interview to determine if you are eligible. For general information, please see our deferral guidelines:
If you are eligible and would like to donate, it is important that your iron, or hemoglobin, levels are sufficient prior to donating. Learn more about how to "pump up your iron" before donating.
Anyone who is eligible to donate can do so every 56 days or 8 weeks.
If you have been previously designated as "ineligible" by The Blood Center and would like more information or are seeking reinstatement, please email us at info@TheBloodCenter.org