Who can donate?
In order to donate blood you must:
- be 17 years of ager or order.
- weigh at least 110 pounds.
- be in general good health (no cold, active allergies, or sore throat).
- bring a valid photo I.D. (school I.D. is accepted if photo and date of birth are present).
- bring your reading glasses the day of the blood drive (if needed).
- know the date and place of travel outside the United States in the past three years.
- know the medical conditions you have, and the medications you are taking.
You can donate blood if you:
- have had the flu shot or flu mist.
- take blood pressure or cholesterol medication.
- are diabetic (your glucose levels must be under control and you haven’t taken bovine insulin in the past).
Who cannot donate?
There are many disqualifiers for donating blood. These precautions exist to protect both you as the donor, as well as the person who may receive your blood.
Because of this, you may not donate if you:
- have had a tattoo or body piercing within the last 12 months
- have had a dental cleaning in the past 24 hours.
- are not feeling in good health on the day of your donation.
You cannot donate if you are affected by these health conditions:
- Cancer: With the exception of certain types of skin cancer, anyone with a history of cancer is not eligible to donate blood. A history of dysplasia of the uterine cervix is acceptable.
- Surgery: For most types of surgery, healing must be complete and normal activity resumed.
- Pregnancy: Anyone who is pregnant or who has been pregnant within the past six weeks is not eligible to donate. Healing must be complete and regular activity resumed following Cesarean delivery
- Hepatitis: Anyone who has had viral hepatitis cannot donate blood
For additional eligibility questions, please contact our donor center at 413-794-4600 during the below hours:
Monday: 8 am-12 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 12 pm-8 pm
Friday: 8 am-4 pm
Sunday: 8 am-12 pm
Each time you donate blood or platelets, you must complete a pre-donation questionnaire. This is required by the FDA and helps us ensure that you are safe to donate.
Donors may complete their questionnaire on their smart phone or computer prior to visiting the donor center or the bloodmobile. However, it is extremely important to note that the questionnaire must be completed on the same day that the donor intends to donate. Questionnaires that are completed any day prior to the date of the donation will not be accepted.
Access the pre-donation questionnaire.
The Donation Process
Donating blood is a safe and simple process. From start to finish, it takes about 30-60 minutes.
Pre-Donation: 10 – 20 minutes
- Provide a valid photo ID.
- Complete a private, confidential interview that asks detailed questions about your health, travel, medications, risk factors, etc.
- We will check your temperature, blood pressure, pulse rate, and perform a quick finger-stick blood test to determine your hemoglobin (iron) level.
Donation: 15 – 30 minutes
- Our skilled and experienced staff will then draw your blood. All supplies are new and used only once!
Post Donation: 5 – 10 minutes
- Rest and enjoy refreshments to replenish your fluids.
- Select your thank you gift.
- Schedule your next appointment to donate blood.