BC Blood Drives

Qualifying for Blood Donation and Common Concerns 

Thank you for wanting to donate blood! Blood for human transfusion can only come from volunteer donors like you. We appreciate your commitment to saving lives! Please be aware of the following for your best blood donation experience.

Please Remember To: 

  • Eat iron-rich foods. Common high-iron foods include red meat, lean beef, pork, chicken, and lamb. Plant sources like bread, fruits, vegetables, grains, and seeds are not as easily absorbed by the body.
  • Eat foods high in Vitamin C to aid in the absorption of iron plant-based.
  • Maintain adequate hydration in the week leading up to your blood donation
  • Eat a healthy meal prior to donation. Avoid fatty foods like processed meats, fried foods, and fast food. DO NOT donate on an empty stomach!
  • Drink at least 32 ounces of water 2 hours prior to your blood donation.
  • Avoid caffeine, including soda, tea, and coffee. Caffeine is a mild diuretic and it causes your kidneys to flush extra sodium and sodium from the body.
  • Be sure to bring a list of any medications you are taking.
  • Please be prepared to show a picture ID with a date of birth (passport, CDL, or ID).
  • Regular blood donors with Houchin Community Blood Bank are allowed to use a name badge showing their full name and picture.

For more information visit hcbb.com

We look forward to seeing you!