Every December and June, BJ partners with the New York Blood Center to organize a community-wide blood drive. Though these drives provide great opportunities to become a donor, donations for patients of every age, ethnicity, and blood type are desperately needed all year round, and many of us are capable of giving up to six times a year. When just one pint of blood from a single donor can save up to three lives, each and every one of us can make the choice to be someone’s hero. Visit the New York Blood Center website to schedule an appointment to give.
Did you know?
- Every two seconds, someone needs blood
- 1 in 3 people will need a blood product in their lifetime
- Only 2% of our local eligible population donates blood each year
- If just 1% more of Americans donated, blood shortages would disappear
Fast Facts about Donating Blood
- You must be between the ages of 16 and 76. 16-year-olds must have a signed NYBC consent form
(If you are over the age of 76, you can donate with a note from your MD dated within the last 2 weeks)
- You must weigh at least 110 pounds
- You must wait at least 8 weeks (56 days) between whole blood donations
- You must be in general good health and feeling well on the day of the donation. (if you have had a cold or ordinary virus, you must wait at least 72 hours after you are symptom-free before you are eligible to donate)
- You must wait at least 12 months after getting a tattoo or body piercing before you can donate. (ear piercing under sterile conditions does not disqualify you from donating)
- Most medications do not disqualify you from donating. If you have any questions about a medication you are taking, call The New York Blood Center’s Medical Eligibility number at 1-800-688-0900 or visit their Medical Eligibility webpage
- Eat/hydrate before donating!
Never given blood before? Learn more about the blood donation process here.