Please join your local blood center during the annual celebration to thank blood donors. First-time and regular donors are encouraged to make a difference in their communities by scheduling an appointment to give blood each January, and regularly thereafter.

Also, don’t forget to Thank A Donor.

Can I donate blood?
You will probably meet the medical requirements to donate blood if you are:
* In good health
* At least 17 years old (In some states, 16-year-olds may donate. There is no upper age limit.)
* Weigh at least 110 pounds

What are some of the reasons for deferral?
* Anemia (low hematocrit)
* Blood Pressure (high or low)
* Body Piercing
* Chagas Disease
* Cold or Flu
* Hepatitis
* Infection
* International Travel
* Organ/Tissue Transplants
* Pregnancy
* Sexually Transmitted Disease

I’m taking medications. Can I still donate blood?
Many medications are acceptable. Consult your physician or ask your community blood center medical staff if you have questions about your eligibility to donate.

What if I have a tattoo or body piercing?
Each state has differnent policies surrounding tattooes and body piercing in regards to blood donation. Please check with your local blood center for their guidelines.

Will travel abroad make me ineligible to donate blood?
Travel to certain countries may prevent you from donating blood. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has strict policies in place to prevent the theoretical risk of spreading mad cow disease in the blood supply. Check with your blood center if you have questions about travel-related deferrals.

For more information on donating blood please visit the American Red Cross and the America’s Blood Centers.