Did You Know?

  • Someone needs blood every three seconds.
  • Three lives can be saved by one pint of blood.
  • Blood donation usually takes less than ten minutes. The entire process takes about an hour.
  • Any company, school, community organization, place of worship or individual may contact Carter BloodCare to host a blood drive.
  • 37% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood – but only 4% do, annually.
  • There is no subsitute for human blood.

Tips for a Successful Donation

By following these recommendations you can make your donation a successful, safe and pleasant experience.

Before Donation

16-year-olds, you’ll need the following form signed by your parent:

If you have an important social, sports or life event (for example: SAT or ACT testing, driver’s license test or prom) coming up, we recommend that you wait to donate.

  • Maintain a healthy iron level in your diet by eating iron-rich foods, such as red meat, fish, poultry, beans, spinach, iron-enriched cereals and dried fruits like apricots and raisins.
  • Eat healthy and drink plenty of fluids starting two days prior to donation.
  • Get a good night’s sleep.
  • Eat a healthy meal one to two hours before your donation and drink the water provided by Carter BloodCare collection staff just before donation.

For during and after donation tips, please click here.

Review Your Stats!

When you give life with Carter BloodCare, you get access to important information about your health including total cholesterol, blood pressure and hematocrit (the percentage of red blood cells in blood). Log in to review your stats today!

Summer and Winter Holiday Blood Supply

Shortages of all types happen during the summer and winter holidays, due to school drives not running, busy holiday schedules and travel. Make a difference during your summer and winter breaks by giving blood at one of our 26 donor center locations; and, better yet, bring a friend or two with you. Every time you donate, you can save up to three lives.