Resources for High School
First and foremost, thank you for your willingness to make a difference by hosting a high school blood drive and/or donating blood! Both are important decisions because volunteer donors are the only source for lifesaving blood for patients in need. At present, the need for blood in our area averages about 28,000 units per year. One hour of your time and one unit of blood could be the reason someone lives!
Young donors are extremely valuable to their community and to the future of the blood supply! The most loyal donor base has been from the World War II generation. As they age, they eventually leave the donor pool due to medication requirements and their own health status. To continue to meet the needs of patients, new donors must enter the pool and establish the same life-long tradition of giving. Every generation must do their part in making sure blood is available for you, the people you love, or anyone else who needs it. If you are not old enough to donate, you can help by volunteering at a blood drive. We challenge you to educate non-donors on the need for blood in our community and the blood donation process and encourage them to become first-time blood donors also.
HIGH SCHOOL BLOOD DRIVE COORDINATORS
Thank you for dedicating your time and effort to help save lives! We know you are busy so we want to provide you with all the tools you need to make hosting a blood drive as easy as possible. We hope that you will find all the resources you need on the right-hand side of this page and in the coordinator’s video below. If not, please feel free to contact our Donor Recruitment staff at 331-8800.
HIGH SCHOOL BLOOD DONORS
The minimum age to donate blood is 17 years of age, 16 years of age with a written parental consent form available here. The minimum weight to donate blood is 125 lbs if 16 or 17; 110 lbs if 18 or older. However, weight requirements vary among high-school aged students as height/weight ratios are a factor for young donors. To avoid light-headedness, you should get a good night’s rest, drink plenty of fluids, and eat a low-fat meal or snack prior to donating. It is also advisable to avoid nicotine during the hour before your donation. Please watch the student video below so that you will know exactly what to expect during the blood donation process. IMPORTANT NOTE: A valid photo ID is required.
TOO YOUNG TO DONATE BLOOD
If you are too young to donate blood, there are other ways to offer valuable help available here. Volunteering at a blood drive and encouraging others to donate blood is a very important task. The number one reason why people do not donate is because they have never been ask. So…ask them.
|16-Year Old Parental Consent for donors|
|Material User's Guide|
|Enhancing the Donation Experience|
|Suggestions for Volunteers|
|Student Appointment Reminder Sheet|
|Directional Arrows for Your Blood Drive|
Your Donor Recruitment Representative will provide you with blood drive flyers specifically for your drive. However, here are some printable handouts and marketing pieces that you might also find helpful:
|Become a Blood Donor|
|Frequently Asked Questions|
|What Happens to My Blood|
|One Unit of Your Blood (Arm Card)|
|Be a Super Hero|