Donate Blood

Student Donors

What it Takes to Donate

Your Age & Identity

  • You must be 17 years old to donate.
  • 16 year olds may donate WITH A SIGNED CBC PARENTAL CONSENT FORM that indicates that the parent(s) have read the accompanying Parental Information Letter and give consent.
  • Your school may require ALL DONORS to have a signed CBC parental consent form.
  • All FIRST-TIME donors must have proof of date of birth. (Acceptable ID'S include driver's license, passport, state ID card, student ID card WITH PICTURE and DATE OF BIRTH).
  • Student ID card WITHOUT date of birth, or a yearbook picture, must be accompanied by PROOF of date of birth (birth certificate, school transcript).
  • If you are a repeat donor only a photo ID with full name is required. (Your CBC donor ID card is helpful but is
    not required).

Your Health

  • You must be in good health.
  • You must weigh at least 110 pounds. (You may have to weigh more, depending on your height).
  • You must meet screening criteria which is determined by your medical history, a drop of blood from your finger to estimate hematocrit level, pulse, blood pressure and temperature.
  • You can safely give eight weeks (56 days) after your last whole blood donation.
  • Tattoos are acceptable if they are healed and if they were applied at a tattoo studio licensed in Ohio or Kentucky. Indiana does not require licensing. If you received your tattoo in Indiana (or any unlicensed state) you are deferred from blood donating for one year from the date of tattoo application.  
  • "Permanent makeup" or cosmetic tattooing is acceptable if performed by a licensed physician in any state.
  • Piercings are acceptable if they are healed and were performed with a sterile, single use needle.

Your Preparation

  • Donors are encouraged to drink extra fluids, such as water and juice, before donating.  
  • It's also recommended that you eat a good meal within four hours of donation. 

Your Recovery

  • It's important that you rest and have refreshments in the Donor Cafe after donating to replenish blood sugars and fluids.
  • You should avoid strenuous activity for at least four hours
    after donating.
  • Athletes should consider avoiding games and practices in their sport on the same day they donate. Consult with your school and/or athletic department prior to the blood drive day.

Your Decision

  • FDA policy states that students may not receive extra credit or any form of incentive from school faculty as encouragement
    to donate. 

Your Parents

  • 16-year-olds may donate blood with parental consent.
  • A parent should read the Informational Letter for Parents and High School Blood Donors and must sign the attached parent/guardian consent form for the young adult to be able to donate blood.
  • Your student must bring the signed form to his or her blood donation appointment. 
  • A signed consent form is required each time the 16-year-old student plans to donate.

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Miami University student shows off "blood donors rock" lanyard.


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