Donating blood is a safe and simple way to help save lives in your community. All over the country, surgery patients, cancer patients, burn victims, and people with chronic diseases rely on lifesaving blood and blood products.
Did you Know?
- One blood donation can save up to three lives.
- There is no substitute for human blood. Approximately 36,000 units of blood are used every day and every 2 seconds someone in the United States needs a blood transfusion.
- Donating blood is a volunteer opportunity that helps your community and doesn’t take very long.
- You can learn more about your blood type and cholesterol levels after every blood donation.
- As a federal employee, you are permitted up to four hours of administrative leave for blood donation, with your supervisor's permission. This includes the time you spend at the donation site, travel to and from the site, and recovering after you donate.
During Your Donation
When you make an appointment to donate blood, use the following tips to prepare:
- Bring a photo ID and a list of prescription and over-the-counter medicines that you take.
- If you received a COVID-19 vaccine, note the name of the manufacturer and inform the blood donation staff.
- Wear a short-sleeve shirt or a shirt with sleeves that you can roll up to your elbows.
- Relax, listen to music, or meditate.
There is always a need for blood donations. Contact your local blood donation center or the Armed Services Blood Program to learn more and make an appointment to donate blood today.